President Museveni says the closure of schools on March 20, 2020 which sent home over 15 million students was a very very wise decision because none of the students has died of Covid-19
”Sending home 15 million learners was a wise decision because I have not heard any of them who has died of Covid19” he said
”We have now decided to open for the semi-candidate classes, these are S.5, S.3 and P.6, these are the next batch. We have decided that they report on the 1st March 2021”
Museveni further added that out of the 1.3 million candidates who were allowed to return to schools last year, only 257 have been confirmed positive with COVID19.
”Primary Seven candidates are going to finish their exams on 31st March, the Senior four candidates will finish on 6th April, we thought it was wise for the next candidate classes to come in. And we have decided that they report on 1st March 2020”
Museveni noted that after careful analysis, ”we decided to use indirect methods of teaching to reach the learners. This went on till October 15th when we opened for the candidate classes
Museveni says it’s a pity that some people interfered with radios for every homestead for students to continue with long distance learning.
“I was busy campaigning, I didn’t time to fight, it would have caused some little war. But God is there, Letting semi candidates back to school on 1st march is a calculated move, the space could still be enough, for social distancing”.
The ministry of education and sports will work out a plan to allow for the other learners to report to school. They may report in phases, a batch studies and goes away while the others will continue to learn remotely.
Commenting on the issue of Vaccinations for COVID-19 Museveni said will commence at end of February or start of March.
”We are beginning with 3.5 million doses. But we also intend to buy 18 million doses, meant for 9 million person since each person gets 2 doses each”.he said
According to Museveni, the 2020 Academic year will end in July 2021 (should have ended in Dec 2020), Universities and tertiary institutions to reopen in March in a staggered way.