Students wait to wash their hands before entering classroom at a primary school in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on June 29, 2020. (Xinhua)
Tanzania's kindergarten, primary and secondary schools reopened on Monday with protective measures against COVID-19 in place.
DEAR ES SALAAM, June 29 (Xinhua) -- Tanzania's kindergarten, primary and secondary schools reopened on Monday with protective measures against COVID-19 in place.
The schools which were shut down by the government on March 17 reopened following an order by President John Magufuli.
A spot check by Xinhua saw most of the students wearing face masks and washing their hands as teachers ensured that prevention and protection guidelines issued by health authorities were observed.
Students who reported to schools without wearing face masks were turned down, missing the first lessons as they went back home to collect the masks.
"All precautionary measures against COVID-19 are in place to protect our pupils," said Veronica Mrope, head teacher of Makole primary school in the capital Dodoma.
Students queue up to wash their hands before entering classroom at a primary school in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on June 29, 2020. (Xinhua)
Amani Mfaume, head master of Dodoma Secondary School, said the school's management has decided that teachers will teach up to Saturdays in order to offset time that was lost when students went for a three-month leave following the outbreak of the viral disease.
Flora Tibaijuka, a matron with Barbro Johansson Model Girls' Secondary School in Dar es Salaam, said most of the students were reluctant to wear face masks.
"They are giving all reasons with some of them say when they wear the masks they cannot breathe well," said Tibaijuka, adding that the school authorities have made it mandatory to wear masks.
On June 17, Tanzanian education authorities urged schools to strictly observe prevention and protection guidelines for COVID-19 before they reopened on June 29, 2020.
"All schools' management should put in place prevention and protective guidelines for COVID-19 issued by health authorities, including installing facilities for hand washing," said Joyce Ndalichako, Minister for Education, Science and Technology. ■