Semi-Candidate classes (p6, S3 and S5) have been cleared by Cabinet to resume studies after a recommendation to have them report back to school and study in shifts with Candidate classes where necessary.
In a cabinet meeting held at the State House in Entebbe on Monday 1st February, 2021, the Ministry of Education was tasked to present a report with its recommendations for the re-opening of Education Institutions to non-candidate learners who have been at home since March 2021 since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
Uganda Media Centre boss Ofwono Opondo said the cabinet approved the recommendations and now education institutions will be allowed to re-open gradually while complying with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and safety of both their students and teachers.
Let Out News has also found out that the Cabinet also considered the fact that “the PLE sitting will be completed on 31st March, 2021 and UCE on 6th April, 2021, which will give more space in schools, when candidates leave.”
This is expected to allow other classes to resume studies which is also expected to complement the home schooling that they are currently having.
Before the opening of the schools, the leadership of the Ministry of Education was tasked to undertake a countrywide tour of schools and institutions to ascertain their preparedness to reopen.
Technical institutions, Primary Teachers Colleges and the National Teachers Colleges have also been allowed to open in the short run because these have the necessary enlightenment and equipment to enable them to learn safely. Universities according to this arrangement will need to wait.
Pre-Primaries are not expected to re-open because according to the recommendations of the Ministry of Education, they cannot observe COVID-19 SOPs yet they are prone to respiratory infections and need a lot of interface with their teachers and parents which increases the risk of infection.
Promotion to the next classes will be based on attendance and continuous assessment of class work and assignments.
The President is expected to advise the country this week on the exact dates when the students will be allowed to return to school.