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The information provided below was submitted as at 2020-12-07 10:40:55 by the Mr. Amos Mulenga Mumba of Zambia in responding to the AU Survey of Member States response to the Reopening of Educational Institutions during COVID-19. The information is solely for experience sharing purposes and not to be used for other purposes without express permission of the African Union Commission.

 

Country  Zambia
Ministry Mr. Amos Mulenga Mumba
Education level handled by the Ministry Tertiary Education, TVET
What estimated percentage of Preschool have reopened for in-person learning?
What estimated percentage of Primary Schools have reopened for in-person learning?
What estimated percentage of Secondary Schools have reopened for in-person learning?
What estimated percentage of Universities have reopened for in-person learning? 90-100
What estimated percentage of Technical and Vocational Education and Training Institutions have reopened for in-person learning? 90-100
Challenges which have been faced in the reopening of educational institutions for in-person learning

Logistical requirements, Financial burden, Getting students back to school, Other (to be specified);

In Zambia, we are implementing blended learning with enhanced utilization of ICT infrastructure to offer E-Learning as a big component of delivering education to learners. Therefore, one of the biggest challenges has been capacity building for Universities, Colleges and TEVET Institutions to have sufficient resources to invest in requisite ICT infrastructure.

Is there a system to trace, treat and contain the spread of COVID-19 in educational institutions? {Is there a system to trace treat and contain the spread of COVID-19 when schools are reopened:value}
Description of the system for tracing, treating and containing the spread of COVID-19 in educational institutions. Regular checkups for students, staff and anyone entering the campus premises, contact details are kept for both students and anyone coming into the campus to facilitate contact tracing in an event of a suspected case. Universities and Colleges work closely with Local Authorities and Health Institutions designated to respond and deal with suspected cases. All students and staff on campus are required to wear masks at all times and carry hand sanitizers with them at all times. Universities and Colleges are required to place hand washing and temperature checking facilities at entrances to all buildings on campus. Sensitizations activities are regularly undertaken by COVID19 response teams that have been established at each of the Universities, Colleges and TEVET institutions around the Country.
Has there been an increase or decrease in the national budget allocation for education as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? {Has there been an adjustment in the national budget for education as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic:value}
Please indicate the extent of increase or decrease in the national budget allocation for education budget as a result of COVID-19? No significant change
Has there been an assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on students while educational institutions were closed? Yes
Summary of the findings of the assessment of impact of COVID-19 on students while educational institutions were closed Preliminary findings have shown that Universities and Colleges were negatively impacted financially because they lost revenue from School fees, while they had to meet the fixed cost obligations. Switching to E-learning required emergency resources to acquire e-learning tools, training of some lecturers on how to develop content and utilize these platforms. Administering online exams was challenging especially with regard assuring the credibility of the exams.
Adjustments that have been made in operations of educational institutions upon reopening

Regular handwashing by students and teachers, Reduced number of students per classroom, Shorter time spent in educational institutions, Students and teachers wear masks, Suspension of field events and excursions, Regular disinfection of frequently touched areas in educational institutions (at least once a day);

 

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