Government finally sets January 2022 for Schools reopening

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KAMPALA– A Ugandan senior Education Officer has revealed that Schools including primary and secondary will reopen on Monday, January 10, 2022.

The officer who preferred anonymity confided to this reporter that Universities and Tertiary institutions will reopen on Saturday, November 20, 2021.

According to him, the National Covid-19 Taskforce agreed on the recommendation on Tuesday during a meeting convened to urge President Yoweri Museveni to review their initial proposal.

The government first closed schools during a lockdown in March 2020, days before Uganda registered its index Covid-19 case, and again during a second lockdown on June 18, this year, imposed to break a devastating pandemic second wave.

Sources also confirmed that the government has also completed the first phase of condensing the curriculum for both primary and secondary education, which will be used by teachers when schools reopen in January 2022.

Reports indicate that learners will be assessed and promoted automatically to the next class when schools reopen and that they will be given remedial lessons in two weeks to cover what they missed in their previous classes.

This means that Senior One students will now report to Senior Two.

The National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) was assigned by the Ministry of Education to harmonize all topics in lower and upper primary, O, and A ‘Level to come up with a condensed curriculum for the four levels.

The spokesperson of the Ministry of Education, Mr. Denis Mugimba said NCDC was tasked to kick-start the review of the curriculum last year.

Uganda was named among the only 5 countries in the world to keep schools shut throughout the pandemic by a UNICEF report.