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Schools to reopen starting September 9 – Govt says

KAMPALA, UGANDA: Government of Uganda has resolved to reopen schools on September 9, 2021, for all institutions countrywide starting with learners in S1, S2, S1, P2 to P3 classes.

According to the revised government programme, the term will run for 14 weeks with emphasis put on essential curriculum coverage for progression to the next class.

A crisis meeting held yesterday (Monday) between officials at the Ministry of Education and Principal Education officers, and School heads at municipal and district levels agreed to review the existing curriculum to have only content that can be delivered in the scheduled time possible. The meeting attracted up to 500 members and representatives of the various unions and associations of learning institutions.

Officials also passed the proposal by government to admit all learners above six years of age to P.1 classes irrespective of whether they have gone through nursery schools or not.

However, fresher students for S1 and S5 classes whose results were released recently will have to wait as the released programme does not cater for them.

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The heads of schools also asked government to consider allowing learners and their families to make personal contributions towards the prevention of Covid19 once all education institutions are allowed to reopen.

Among others, the school heads are suggesting that learners should be required to report back with doses of the recently approved herbal relief treatment known as Covidex.

Speaking during the meeting, Martin Okiria Obore, the National Chairman of the Association of Secondary School Head teachers of Uganda, said the newly invented Covid19 treatment should be seriously considered for the reopening.

“I understand that recently there has been discussions with (Prof Patrick) Ogwang on availing Covid19 at a subsidized cost of about 5000 a bottle,” he said.

“If we can have a bottle at 5000, then we think that students should be asked to come with at least 3 bottles each. If one develops symptoms they can take the Covidex. That will help much in addressing the fear that comes with new cases in schools,” he said.

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