KAMPALA- As many Ugandans continue to demand the Government on the position of reopening schools, Parliament has summoned Uganda’s Premier Dr Ruhakana Rugunda to present Government’s position to Parliament on the matter.
The directive was made by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga after a number of concerns from legislators’ complaints about the government’s silence on the matter.
The Legislators’ concerns followed contraction in statements from different government institutions on the proposed dates of re-opening schools which have left parents, student, proprietors of schools and the entire community stranded on the next step.
Governmnent closed down schools and other learning institutions in March in a bid to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. According to President Museveni, this was aimed at saving over 15 million learners in high-risk concentration centres.
In a National Coronavirus address in late July, President Museveni assured Ugandans that the government will announce what he called a big decision whether to reopen schools or announce a dead year.
However since then, Ugandans are still eagerly waiting for the final say from the President and the concerned bodies who have all remained silent at a time.
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The Bulamogi County legislator Hon. Kenneth Lubogo is wondering why the government has not taken a step to declare 2020 a ‘dead’ academic year since the Coronavirus situation seems deteriorating now and again.
Lubogo also wants to know how much the government is prepared to handle the situation in case there is an outbreak of Covid-19 in schools.
Mukono South MP Johnson Muyanja Ssenyonga also noted that proprietors of schools where facing a lot of difficulties in regard to which direction to take given the contradictory statements from government in regard to the opening up of the sector.
It was from this point that Speaker Kadaga directed that Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda who also heads the National COVID-19 taskforce to appear before parliament before the end of this week to give a government position on the re-opening of education institutions.
She also noted that parliament will have to hold a detailed discussion about the education sector in the presence of the Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni.
This however called for the intervention of the Minister of State for Tourism Hon Godfrey Kiwanda Ssubi informed parliament that Cabinet was to hold a special meeting this week in regard to the education sector and the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic after which, President Museveni will address the country on the way forward.
This development comes at a time when the President is tentatively slated to address the Nation on Coronavirus situation in the country according to information issued by the senior Presidential Press secretary Don Wanyama.
Uganda has todate registered 5,266 coronavirus cases, 2,404 recoveries and 60 deaths,