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Government issues statement on reopening of schools

School to reopen in Uganda (Courtesy Photo)

Cabinet has approved the reopening of schools to non-candidate classes after a countrywide tour to schools to ascertain their preparedness is done.

They have agreed to reopen all schools except pre-primary schools because the younger children are incapable of observing the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) put in place by the Ministry of Health to control the spread of Covid-19.

“The education institutions should be allowed to open for non candidate classes in an organized manner that will ensure compliance of Covid19 standard operating procedures”, part of the statement issued by government read.

The academic institutions that were closed in March 2020 after the outbreak of the Corona Virus in the entire world were scheduled for a phased reopening in the last quarter of 2020 but only candidates and/or finalists made it back to school.

Cabinet has however shone a ray of light on the reopening of academic institutions for all students though only semi-candidate classes are certain about when they will be going back to school.

The semi candidate classes, which include P.6, S.3, and S.5 will report back to school to complete their academic year and ensure progression. These will be allowed back into school in the shortest time possible to study in shifts where necessary with candidates.

All other classes will resume after the candidates have finished their final exams which will be concluded on March 31st and April 6th, 2021 for PLE and UCE respectively.

According to government, pre-primary children are more prone to respiratory infections under which bracket, Covid-19 falls and as such they will remain home as their risk of infection is much higher than older children in upper classes.

The cabinet has also advised that promotions to the next classes be based on attendance and continuous assessments of class works and assignments.

The vocational institutions, training institutions and primary teacher’s college have also been allowed to reopen as well as the universities which will have to reopen in an organized manner.

The government advises students to observe the standard operating procedures which include wearing of face masks at all times, washing hands as well as maintaining social distancing practices.

Parents have been advised to buy at least two masks for their children.

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