Following the meeting between the ministry of education and Sports, the ministry of health, together with teachers associations, both stakeholders have resolved that schools should reopen to all learners across the country in two weeks to complete the 2020 academic year. This is to be done so that learners can progress to the next level.
The resolution was reached during a zoom meeting where different stakeholders of education and health ministries, government schools heads and private school proprietors representatives were in attendance.
The Education Ministry permanent secretary Ms Ketty Lamaro revealed that the government targets to get at least 65% of teachers vaccinated before reopening schools.
A specific date for the official reopening has not been set yet. However, according to reliable sources from the Ministry of Education, the learning Institutions may reopen on September 21.
Ms Lamaro however revealed to Daily Monitor that dates might change.
“I do not want to be conclusive on the issue of dates because they might change since the targeted teachers have not been vaccinated,” Ms Lamaro said.
However, It is not clear when the incoming (freshers, S1 and S5 students) whose exams were released last month, will start. P1 to P3 as well as S1 and S2 students will be given priority. When schools reopen, P1 to P3 pupils and S1 and S2 students will undergo 14 weeks of accelerated essential curriculum coverage for progression to the next class.
The government has proposed to admit all learners above six years of age to P1 irrespective of whether they have been through nursery schools or not.
Institutions of learning were closed for the second time in June when President Museveni sent the country into a second lockdown due to surging numbers of COVID-19 infections at the height of the second wave of the pandemic.