KAMPALA- The Ugandan Parliament under the leadership of Speaker Rebecca Kadaga wants Janet Kataha Museveni the Minister of Education and Sports to immediately provide a clear plan of re-opening schools amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
Kadaga’s directive follows a statement by the Minister of State for Higher Education John Chrysostom Muyingo about the planned phased re-opening of schools starting with students in candidate classes as well as finalists in tertiary institutions and universities.
President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday September 20th 2020 during his 20th State of the Nation address on Coronavirus announced that schools and tertiary institutions will open up on October 15th 2020 for candidates and finalists.
According to Muyingo, government has planned to provide every learner with at least two face masks as they report back to schools. The Minister also noted that the Ministry was scaling up digital learning to ensure that all students across the country are covered and that the plans by the Ministry equally captures the concerns of the special interest groups.
However, Soroti County MP Kenneth Esiangu questioned why the government was in the rush to open schools at a time when the country is registering high numbers of COVID-19 cases yet the schools had been closed before a single case was registered.
“When Covid-19 cases were few, the government closed schools. Now that they have increased, the government has decided to reopen schools. We are remaining with approximately two months to end the year, why would the government choose to re-open schools?” he asked.
by close of business on Wednesday September 23rd 2020, Uganda had confirmed 6,879 positive Coronavirus cases and 69 death.
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