• November 24, 2021
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Schools reopening hangs in balance as Minister Janet Museveni calls off meeting with MPs

Schools reopening hangs in balance as Minister Janet Museveni calls off meeting with MPs

The Minister for Education and Sports, Janet Kataaha Museveni has called off the scheduled meeting with Members of Parliament at Kololo independence grounds meant to discuss the reopening of schools next year.

“The meeting between Ministry of Education and Sports and Members of Parliament that was scheduled for Wednesday, November, 24 has been postponed,” a statement by the ministry read in part.

The minister has not given the reason for the postponement of the meeting, she however said a new date for the same will be announced.

The development comes at a time of protests by legislators who insisted it was not right for a minister to summon them for a meeting at Kololo.

“Aren’t we opening a pandora box where ministers will decline to come to Parliament,” Leader of Opposition, Mathias Mpuuga questioned?

Mpuuga’s statements were also backed up by Kira Municipality MP, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda also shared similar sentiments about the meeting saying it goes against the rules of procedure for a “minister to summon MPs to Kololo after being subject to Covid testing.”

However, the Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah advised that it would be better if the legislators went and listened to the program of the Education Ministry in reopening the schools other than dismissing the meeting.

“Essentially, this is about pupils and students who have been out of school for long, teachers and parents who are all affected by the impact of COVID-19. The opportunity we have is what we can collectively do to facilitate reopening of schools, a big issue that we must deal with,”Oulanyah said.

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