The government of Uganda plans to reopen education school for lower classes starting January 18th, 2021, amidst mitigation measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst learners.
As such, the Ministry of Education has concluded inspection of schools and recommended at least two options for reopening of schools on January 18, such that learners can resume studying.
One option is that only pre-candidate classes of Primary 6, Senior 3 and Senior 5 may be allowed to return to school with the rest of the classes waiting a little longer.
The second is to have all the classes report back but be divided to study in sessions on different days in a week to allow space between individuals as one way to control the spread of coronavirus.
A source close to the Ministry of Education, who requested for anonymity, told our reporter yesterday that a draft inspection report was submitted to the Permanent Secretary (PS), Mr Alex Kakooza, on Saturday and awaits discussion by the ministry’s top management to conclude on the various options recommended by the inspection team.
“More meetings are ongoing. A full report will be given to the PS by Friday and the minister will present the recommendations before Cabinet to see whether we can reopen full blast or in phases,” the source said.
Kakooza acknowledged his team had concluded inspection and that the ministry’s top management would be sitting on Thursday to discuss the contents as they wait for the full report.
The government closed all schools, universities and education institutions in March last year, in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19, although they were later reopened in October for students candidate classes and finalists at universities.