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Government suspends collection of tuition fees until the return of classes in person

The Government has suspended the collection and payment of tuition fees in all public and private educational institutions, until the resumption of in-person classes, without a scheduled date.


The decision was made known this Thursday through the joint executive decree No. 201/20 of the ministries of Public Administration, Labour and Social Security, Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation and Education.

According to the diploma, teaching and academic activity at all levels of education is suspended for an indefinite period of time, with the resumption depending on the epidemiological evolution of covid-19 in national territory.

The document also states that the "monthly fees paid during the period in which the State of Emergency was in force should be deducted from the other months foreseen in the calendar of the readjusted academic year 2020".

The different ministries should "consider various scenarios for readjusting the calendar of the academic year and the academic year 2020, as well as the hypothesis of its cancellation, if the conditions for the resumption of face-to-face classes during the present calendar year are not met", indicates the same diploma.

Classes would resume between 13 and 27 July for upper and lower secondary education and primary education respectively.

However, "in the last 15 days, the country has recorded a significant increase in cases of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, a fact that is reflected in a negative picture of the epidemiological evolution of covid-19 on national territory", preventing the resumption of classes on the scheduled dates, justifies the diploma.

The Minister of Health, Silvia Lutucuta, announced this Thursday 62 new cases of covid-19, the highest number ever since the beginning of the pandemic, and one more death.

Angola already has 458 positive cases of the disease, of which 23 died, 117 recovered and 319 were active.


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