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NCHE Issues guidelines for phased reopening of schools

KAMPALA- The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has advised students to resort to walking or riding bikes to and from school/campus during their study time when schools reopen in phases effective September 20th 2020.

This is one of the various guidelines that were set as measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus amongst learners when academics resume.

Government last week came to a resolution to have schools re-opened starting with final year students in higher institutions and candidates in lower classes as feasibility of implementing the standard operating procedures (SOPs) is carried out in various schools to fully re-open for the rest of the classes.

“The meeting resolved that a phased re-opening of schools, starting with candidate classes be implemented starting September 20, 2020.” The letter read in part.

Other guidelines set by NCHE for institutions to comply with, are as follows;

§  Mandatory COVID-19  screening of both students and staff

§  Dis-infection of institutions currently used as isolation centres.

§  Congregational gatherings for church, chapel or mosque are prohibited at the academic institutions

§  Restriction of students movement when schools resume

§  Social distancing, wearing facemasks and compulsory hand washing

§  Restriction of entry to non-students or staff at the respective institutions

§  Person(s) with temperature 37.6C or above will be required to take two more tests.

§  Students from border districts to be tested before allowed into the institutions

§  Students to move with IDs at all times.

§  Students to be at their hostels/halls by 9PMMeanwhile, the majority of the Universities like Makerere, Busitema, Kampala International University among others have shown readiness to re-open the institutions and receive students back on the stipulated dates.


Juma Mubiru
Mubiru passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless. Mubiru tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority. “Journalism that changes lives is my goal,”


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