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VPM announces phased resumption of classes in accordance with strict social distancing and sanitary measures

Date: June 08, 2020
Domain:Education & Training
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen

GIS - 08 June, 2020: The Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Education, Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, announced that resumption of classes will be made on a phased and staggered basis, and most importantly under strict sanitary and social distancing conditions. 
The new school calendar for the academic year 2020 and the timing of assessments and examinations ,  were also revealed by the VPM at a press conference held on Saturday 06 June 2020, at  Phoenix.
The Minister of Education outlined the conditions within which the resumption of classes will be made for Pre-Primary, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Students while emphasising that a new set of regulations will have to be adhered to by students and teaching and non-teaching staff to ensure a safe environment for everyone.
This includes: mandatory face coverings, daily contactless temperature checks at school entrance, and Social distancing within classrooms and school compound and outside school premises.
Moreover, hygienic measures such as cleaning and disinfecting of classrooms regularly, increased frequency of toilet cleaning , access to liquid soap and alcohol-based hand rubs, will be reinforced. 
Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun also indicated that prior to school resumption, all teaching and non-teaching staff will undergo rapid testing for Covid-19 and the necessary classroom arrangements are being made to ensure social distancing, while all school premises are being disinfected.  
The VPM spoke about the immediate closing down of schools as from 19 March 2020 as the country registered its first positive case of Covid-19. This measure, she said, was crucial to ensure the protection of students and stressed that teaching was continued through alternative methods, namely online teaching.
She recalled that since then online classes have been broadcast on four channels of the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation, and various educational materials have been made accessible online. She expressed satisfaction as regards the contribution of educators who carried out their teaching sessions online.
Moreover, she underpinned the joint efforts of various institutions including the Mauritius Institute of Education, Mahatma Gandhi Institute, and teachers preparing for contents for online teaching and educators doing online teaching.
5000 educators benefited from trainings on online teaching, through two webinars, while 300 educators acted as facilitators in their respective institutions for the preparation of online lessons, indicated Minister Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun.
The Vice Prime Minister underlined that the young generation constituting a major human resource for development is the most important asset of the country. Hence, Government is committed to ensure their meaningful and continued learning within a conducive environment even during this unprecedented time of crisis, she stated.
Resumption of classes:
Pre-primary schools
Pre-primary schools will resume on 22 June 2020 with 3 years old children attending school on two days and three school days for those aged 4–5 years .
Primary schools
As for primary schools, classes will resume in two phases. Phase 1 concerns upper primary students, that is, Grades 4 to 6 , who will resume school with full sessions during the week as from Saturday 01 August 2020 up to Friday 11 September 2020.
Phase two concerns resumption of classes for all students on 14 September 2020, with 2 days morning sessions for grade 1,2 and 3 students, and 3 full day sessions for grade 4,5 and 6 students.
Secondary schools
During the phase 1 of resumption of classes, students of Grades 10, 11, 12 and 13 will attend classes, on five full days, as from Saturday 01 August 2020.
On Saturday 12 September 2020 a familiarisation and sensitisation session will be held to prepare students and parents for the new school environment.
Phase 2, involves the resumption of classes for all grades, as from 14 September 2020, with Grades 7,8, and 9 attending 2 full days and Grade 10,11 and 12 and 13 attending 3 full days.
Higher education institutions will resume classes as from 01 August 2020. These will be carried out mostly through online mode except for practical and final examinations. Special education needs schools will also have a phased resumption as from 01 August 2020.
Educators will resume work in schools as from 15 July 2020, to prepare for the resumption of classes. 
New school calendar 2020-2021
The second Term for the 2020 academic year will start as from 01 August to 18 December 2020.
The third Term for the 2020 academic year will start as from 07 January to 26 March 2021.
Timing of assessments and Examinations
Modular assessment to be held in December 2020
PSAC Assessment to be held in March 2021
Modular assessment in March 2021
NCE Assessment in April 2021
SC/HSC international examination in April/May, June 2021 
Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email:  Website:  Mobile App: Search Gov
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