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Higher Education Institutions Urged Not To Reopen

National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has warned education institutions not to reopen for non-finalists.

Government closed education institutions in May last year as they embarked on a long journey to eradicate the spread of Covid19.

Many institutions, including Makerere University, have announced dates to reopen.

“NCHE has received many requests from Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) for guidance regarding reopening for the continuing and First Year students, with some of them expressing readiness to reopen for all students,” reads a letter, dated January 22 2021, from NCHE Executive Director Professor Mary JN Okwakol, seen by this website.

“As you are well aware, the directives to reopen HEIs for finalists on healthy related programs, and subsequently for all finalists, were given by the President of the Republic of Uganda, Accordingly, we await of a decision of Government on the way forward regarding reopening for no final classes.

“The purpose of this communication, therefore is to urge all Higher Education Institutions not to reopen until a decision of Government on the matter is communicated.”

Makerere recently confirmed that the Freshers will report to campus on Saturday January 30th while continuing students will join them later on Saturday February 6th.

National Council for Higher Education is a body mandated to guide the establishment of institutions for higher learning like Universities, tertiary institutions and other normal institutions.

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