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Ministry of Education and Sports denies plans to re-open schools

The Ministry of Education and Sports has come out to refute the dates that have been circulating over the reopening of schools.

News has been rife of how the government is set to reopen schools in the shortest time possible.

It was even announced that the government had set its sights on the reopening of schools in mid-September 2021.

The Ministry of Education and Sports spokesperson Dr Dennis Mugimba however said that these dates are not correct.

He added that it’s the only President who has the authority to communicate on when the schools will be reopened.

“The date of reopening schools that has been on social media did not come from the Ministry of Education and Sports.

It is only President Museveni that can announce when to open,” Dr. Dennis Mugimba said.

The only official communication from the Ministry of Education and Sports has been for the teachers and all non-teaching staff to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

The plans to open up are still being formulated although a conclusive program hasn’t yet been agreed upon.

The Ministry also announced that all those teachers who haven’t or who won’t take vaccines won’t be permitted in schools because they will be endangering the learners and others who are vaccinated.

In Kampala, the exercise is already underway and teachers were vaccinated with the CINOVAX vaccine.

He also clarified the issue of international students who are in school.

Mr Mugimba said that these were permitted by the Ministry to sit their exams and it’s only the candidate classes but the schools have also not reopened yet.

“Ministry of Education and Sports only granted candidate classes in international schools to be in school to sit for their exams. International schools are not reopened; only candidates are allowed to sit for exams,”Dr. Dennis Mugimba added.

It’s not clear as of now when schools will reopen and what strategy will be used to restore the lost time and how best to fit the curriculum in place.

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