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ll academic institutions in Rwanda will open and resume physical tutoring starting Tuesday, February 23, ending the prolonged shutdown that particularly affected learning institutions in the capital Kigali.

According to the World Bank, at least 3.5 million students in Rwanda have been out of school due to restrictions imposed by the government to contain the pandemic.

Learning institutions had closed in March 2020 and had gradually reopened since November, but a second wave of the virus infections and surges in linked death from December saw many academies closed again on January 18 as the government locked down the capital.

With a decline in daily new cases and Covid-19-linked deaths for three successive weeks, the government has moved to relax restrictions.

“All schools, public and private, including universities, shall resume,” said the Cabinet statement issued on Friday night following a virtual meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame.

Source: East African.