Angolan private higher education institutions voice support for distance learning amid pandemic

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LUANDA, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Angolan private higher education institutions on Tuesday voiced support for distance learning as the novel coronavirus continues to spread.

"We must find all possible solutions so that students do not stay away from classes," Filipe Zau, president of the Association of Private Higher Education Institutions, made the remarks during a meeting held here by the country's education ministry.

It is necessary "to work on distance and semi-distance learning, among other active methodologies," he added.

Meanwhile, Zau regretted the dismissal of 14,000 employees in the education sector, noting that the difficulties of private higher education have been aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to a suspension of thousands of contracts.

On the same occasion, President of the Association of Angolan Teachers Domingos Alvaro said that schools are unprepared to restart classes in Luanda, the capital and the epicenter of the national outbreak, especially at the primary level, due to a lack of bio-safety conditions at schools.

Classes at all levels in Angola have been suspended since March.

So far, Angola has reported 1,966 COVID-19 cases, 90 deaths and 667 recoveries. Enditem

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