Ray of hope as Museveni gives new directives on Schools reopening

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The president of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has given new directives to have educational institutions reopened after four months of Covid-19 lockdown characterized by uncertainty on when they will fully reopen.

In June this year, President Yoweri Museveni ordered the closure of schools again to stem the surging number of cases in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, in a meeting that was held on Thursday with the stakeholders and representatives from the education, health, and national COVID-19 task force, Museveni okayed the reopening, provided the stakeholders join hands to ensure the reopening is safe and favorable.

Museveni gave directives to the country’s premier Robinah Nabbanja to head the team charged with seeing to it that schools reopen.

According to sources, the school calendar will be released next week, with the selection of ordinary level and advanced level slated for next week.

It had earlier been agreed that the school terms will be longer with shorter holidays, with Saturday also regarded as a school day.

With the staggered manner to be used as was used during the first reopening, it was also agreed that students who had less or no time at all in school since March last year shall be given first priority.

On their part, the health ministry was tasked with fast-tracking the vaccination of teachers and non-teaching staff as well as other special categories of people such as the elderly.

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