KAMPALA– The Ministry of Education and Sports has set the tentative reopening dates for Schools and Educational Institutions days after President Museveni closed them over the increase in the number of COVID-19 infections.
As H.E the president indicated, the decision to close education institutions was arrived at as the inevitable course of action after exhaustive discussions and strong advice from the National COVID19 taskforce, the scientists and Ministry of health.
Although expected to be short lived, the closure possess additional challenges to the education sector, especially regarding completing of academic year 2020.
“Reference is made to HE President’s address to the Nation on 6th June 2021 regarding the COVID-19 situation in the country, During which he directed that all Education Institutions be closed with effect from June 7th 2021” Ministerial statement noted.
Therefore, the Ministry of Education and Sports would like to provide the following additional guidance regarding the latest COVID19 enforced closure of schools and planned Reopening according to Alex Kakooza the Education and Sports Ministry PS.
The government is committed to ensuring that given the progress so far made in recovery of lost learning, the academic year 2020 will be completed and all learners, who will have attended classes as per official revised school calender, will be promoted to the next class of the academic year 2021.
However this will necessitate further adjustments to the revised school calender for some classes as tentatively indicated below.
P7, S4 and 6 plus P5 & 4 learners completed their 2020 Academic year and are waiting for their next levels of education once schooling resumes.
Learners of P1, 2 &3 are slated to report back to schools on July 19th 2021and their term is slated to climax on 3rd September 2021.
Primary 6, S3 & 5 students will also report on July 19th 2021 to complete their adjusted term that is slated to end on September 3rd.
Senior one students will report back on July 19th and their term ends on 13th August 2021 as Form two students will report on July 19th 2021 and break off on September 3rd.
Fresh academic year 2021 will then commence on September 20th 2021 and learners will be automatically promoted basing on attendence. However, this will be determined by the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country.
According to the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Alex Kakooza, Government will continue to strengthen home learning by distributing self study materials for all the classes.
Kakooza adds that no school should charge beyond 60% of the normal tuition fees for the adjusted calender. The Ministry also encourages Universities and other tertiary Institutions to strengthen Online learning and work closely with National Council for Higher Education to ensure successful completion of the Ongoing semester program.
In the intervening period to the reopening of Education Institutions on 19th July 2021, the Ministry of Education and Sports in collaboration with Ministry of Health and paterners will embark on strengthening the capacity of Education Institutions and enforcement structures to effectively implement the COVID19 SOPs for safe and sustainable Reopening of schools after six weeks, says Kakooza.