The resumption of classes for the third quarter of the 2020-2021 school year, which was initially scheduled for April 6, is postponed to April 12. The information was reported by the Minister of Secondary Education (Minesec), Pauline Nalova Lyonga, in a statement issued Monday, March 29. This change should normally not have any real impact on the rest of the school calendar but there will be no holiday for students in the exam classes.
Since yesterday March 29, students in grades 3, 9, and 10 have returned to school. The continuation of in-person classes in all secondary schools for students in exam classes during the Easter vacations is done "at the request of many students and parents, and in the execution of the Prime Minister's high directives," said Minesec, which prescribes the "scrupulous" respect of the restrictions against Covid-19.
Also, she pointed out, these students "will also benefit, during the same period, from distance education programs developed by Minesec. Those who are not registered for the exams for the current school year will have access during the Easter vacations to distance education programs only. These courses are available on the distance learning website at www.minsec-distancelearning.cm.
Schoolchildren returned to school on October 5, after nearly seven months of interruption due to Covid-19. On March 17, 2020, the government decided to close all schools to control the spread of the virus. Only students in primary and secondary school exam classes returned to school on June 1 to prepare for the official exams.