Schools told to Separate Classes For Boarding and Day students

KAMPALA, UGANDA: The Ministry of Education has told schools to separate the teaching for boarding students from their colleagues in day section to avoid mixing up as the country continues to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

During a briefing at the Uganda Media Center yesterday, the Education Ministry Permanent Secretary Alex Kakooza said schools had been stopped from teaching day and boarding students together as one of the means to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 in schools.

Kakooza said that it’s risky for students coming from outside school to mix with those that stay at school. He urged schools to make arrangements.

He also warned Day schools, which have opened up boarding sections without authorisation, that they risk being closed.

With the Education as one of the most hit sectors during the pandemic, schools reopened in October for candidate classes and earlier this month for semi candidate classes since the closure in March last year.

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The Ministry last month released the official timetable for reopening of schools in a phased manner to manage the learners in the face of Covid-19 as they close 2020 academic year.

According to the ministry’s schedule, the sub candidate classes of Primary Six, Senior Three and Senior Five reported on March 1 and will study for 14 weeks, breaking off on May 21.

Primary Four and Five classes will study for eight weeks starting on April 6 after Primary Leaving Examinations and end on June 4 to create space for lower primary pupils in Primary 1, 2, and 3 to come in on June 7.

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