Hello everyone! We hope you are all having a great summer. In our most recent Board Meeting, we followed up with our country reps on the current status of our HYTES-sponsored schools in each country and how COVID has affected each.
- In Tanzania, schools reopened in May 2020. School was out for about two months, and national exams will be still written for Form 4 and Form 6 students.
- In Zambia, schools closed March 20th. Grade 9 and 12 students were back June 1 as they wrote national exams, followed by a short break from August 28 – September 13. Grade 10 and 11 students will not be returning to school so they will be repeating their grades in 2021. Grade 9 and 12 students will move on only if they pass their National Exams. This means all Grade 12 students in 2020 will not be returning to school in 2021.
- In Kenya, the ministry of education now says schools may reopen in November if all learning institutions fully comply with COVID-19 preventative measures. The ministry as of Monday, September 7 is set to start training heads of basic and higher learning institution on health guidelines in preparation for reopening.
- We have not heard yet from Guatemala.
Due to the surrounding COVID pandemic, HYTES will not be accepting any new applications this year, but we commit to helping all our returning students in 2021. We will keep you all posted and be accepting applications from new students in the future.