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Tanzania set to reopen schools on June 1


May 21, 2020

The Tanzanian Government has announced plans to resume learning activities in all the institutions within the country.

Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli urged the concerned ministries on Thursday to ensure that they facilitate the reopening of schools on June 1, 2020.

“Hizi wizara zote zinazohusika, wizara ya elimu, wizara ya fedha na wizara zingine zinazohusika katika hizo vyuo vijiandae,” Magufuli said.

Magufuli added that Form Six candidates will also resume their classes on June 1, 2020, as they prepare for their exams.

Tanzanian Prime Minister Kasim Majliwa had extended the closure of schools on April 14 for an indefinite period of time.

The government had suspended gatherings and closed schools for one month on March 17 after the first Coronavirus case was confirmed in the country.

On Wednesday, Magufuli said that he had a telephone conversation with his Kenyan counterpart President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The two discussed measures set to reopen the border between the two countries.

Magufuli said that Transport Ministers from both countries will meet on Thursday and agree on the matter.

Since the border closure between the two countries at the Namanga border point, there have been long queues for trucks from both sides.

Magufuli had said that the closure of the border will have a negative impact on the two countries which depends on each other economically.

Uhuru had ordered the closure of the common border – except for cargo vehicles – with its southern neighbour to curb the spread of coronavirus.    

Tanga Provincial administrator had ordered security personnel to ensure no Kenyan vehicle enters Tanzania, a move likely to dampen the EAC Common Market Protocol that promotes free movement of goods, labour, services and capital.

The communication between them is a sign of ending the stalemate that has been witnessed some days ago regarding the novel coronavirus.

At one point, the two countries issued varying results of the samples collected from the truck drivers.

On its side, Kenya is still figuring out how to resume its normal businesses in the presence of the virus.

Kenya hit 1,039 cases of the virus by Wednesday with 50 deaths since the country confirmed its first case on March 13, 2020.

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