Ministry of Education - COVID-19 Affect School in Uganda
Ministry of Education – COVID-19 Affect School in Uganda
Ministry of Education has advised schools and other educational institutions not to rush to open schools in Uganda due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Uganda and the ministry of education and sport said they will inform the public when to open up schools.
Recently, his excellency the President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who directed the closure of all educational institutions in March due to the outbreak of the Covid-19, allowed schools to open on June 4 but for only finalists in primary seven candidates, senior four, senior six, and those in their final years in Universities and Tertiary Institutions.
To more effect, the president noted that the education Ministry should come up with guidelines for reopening schools across the country. However, as students and parents remain anxious waiting for the dates to be announced, the specific operating procedures are also yet to be released.
As a result, several educational institutions, more so public universities across the country, have released their tentative reopening programs. For example, Mubaku-Bright Future Nursery & Primary School, Makerere University has set June 20 as their reopening date, Kyambogo is targeting either June 20 or 28, Mbarara University of Science and Technology has announced June 8, while Busitema is tentatively set to open on June 13.
In the same development, some of the said universities have also set guidelines and conditions for the finalists to access the universities. Gulu and Mbarara University of Science and Technology have already proposed to carry out mandatory COVID-19 tests for all students among other interventions.
However, Patrick Muinda, the Ministry of Education spokesperson, said that the ministry is now at the final stage of the consultative process on the reopening of education institutions and later they will be embarking on consolidating information obtained from stakeholders including school heads, parents, teachers’ associations, and implementing partners.
The ministry is expected to guide among other things the mode of reporting, fees policies, and transport of students for day students and for those in border districts where the ban on public transport has not been lifted among other items.
The ministry cannot just open up a school without prior preparations. We shall give you a simple example; if the guidelines call for regular washing of hands, then who will meet the charges in public schools? that should be the government,” said the source.
At the moment Uganda scored a high number of COVID-19 patients, this had brought a big worried to the parents fearing to send their children back to school. And ministry advises the public to have water jerricans at every entrance to the school premises to avoid the COVID-19 spread out.