By Mable Nakibuuka
The fate of whether schools should reopen in February in March is to be decided upon the Monday’s Cabinet sitting, which shall be held at State House, Entebbe.
There have been several arguments and controversies between government and proprietors of education institutions on when they should reopen the new term for continuing students.
According to the minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and National Guidance, Judith Nabakooba, the decision on when schools and other education institutions shall reopen will be made known after tomorrow’s cabinet sitting.
“Cabinet sitting tomorrow @ StateHouseUg will receive a full report on the state of preparedness for learners from @Educ_SportsUg. After that we will all wait for guidance from our @MinofHealthUG scientists and H.E President @KagutaMuseveni on the way forward,” Minister Nabakooba tweeted Sunday.
The Minister however raised alarm that there are some schools that have since reopened doors to learners in lower classes and are illegally holding classes without authorisation from the Ministry of Education and Sports.
She noted that; “Whereas reopening of schools for all learners to allow physical interactions is still on hold. We have come to learn that some schools are secretly violating this guidance and allowing students/ pupils of other classes to attend school physically. School administrators & parents involved are immediately advised to stop.”
It should be noted that schools were closed in March last year following the Coronavirus outbreak, as one of the measures to prevent the spread of the virus amongst learners.
However, President Yoweri Museveni, after consultations with scientists at the Ministry of Health, partially reopened schools and universities to allow students in candidate classes and finalists to complete their studies such that they would prepare for the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) exams.