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SCHOOLS REOPENING: Minister Janet to meet schools, universities and institutions leaders

KAMPALA- The Education and Sports Minister who is also the First Lady, Hon Janet Museveni is set to meet heads of schools and institutions tomorrow, Friday 17th July, 2020 at State House Entebbe to discuss a way forward concerning reopening of schools, institutions and universities.

President Museveni, in his last Coronavirus state of the Nation address, promised to reopen schools starting with candidate classes.

President Museveni directed the closure of schools and institutions with effect from 20th March 2020 in a bid to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.

HE Museveni tasked the Ministry of Education to present the proposals before cabinet for debate and final endorsement.

Despite the numerous plans that came along during the lockdown to re-open schools, the increasing number of COVID-19 cases hindered these plans from coming into fruition.

Mr Ismail Mulindwa, the Director of Basic and Secondary Education in the Ministry of Education yesterday re-assured the public that there’s still hope for re-opening of schools despite the increasing cases of Coronavirus cases.

This, he said at the National Dialogue aimed at mitigating the negative impact of the pandemic on education.

“I can assure the public that the Ministry of Education still has plans for the re-opening of schools regardless of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases” Mulindwa revealed.

Last week, Dr. John Chrysostom Muyingo, the state minister in charge of higher education, confirmed some of the proposals but did not give details.

A reliable source in the ministry intimated to this online website, that the key proposal on table is to start the reopening process with Candidate classes (P 7, S 4 and S 6) and finalists in Universities and institutions.

The re-opening of schools has been faced with the challenge of health restrictions which must be observed for any school to open up including social distancing and mandatory checkups.

Private school owners have for a long time complained about the test kits which are too expensive and yet they have not been working for over three months.

“We have made serious losses, and now we have spent three months without operating,’ says a private school owner.

” Our teachers demand their pay, and we are unable to pay them. Parents are crying too, the government must come up with a detailed solution as it prepares to re-open schools, he added.” Uganda has today recorded 1,043 Coronavirus cases, 1,004 recoveries and no fatalities yet registered.

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