Govt to meet Monday and discuss reopening of schools

Govt to meet Monday and discuss reopening of schools

Uganda president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has summoned the Cabinet to make a decision on the issue of re-opening of schools amidst increasing cases of Covid-19 victims in the country.

According to sources intimate to Whisper Eye news, said that the Cabinet is expected to
meet tomorrow Monday, 15 June, 2020, to discuss and make a final decision on the phased reopening of schools and higher institutions of learning.

President Museveni, in his last Covid-19 state of the Nation address, promised to reopen schools starting with candidate classes.

The long waited opening of schools was to be approved by all stakeholders and extensive assessment as per the situation in the country.

Mr Museveni tasked the Ministry of Education to present the proposals before Cabinet for debate and final endorsement on Monday.

A reliable source in the ministry intimated to Whisper Eye, that the key proposal on table is to start with Candidate classes (P 7, S 4 and S 6).

Then finalists in higher institutions such as colleges, technical schools and universities.

The re-openning of schools faced with the challenge of health restrictions which must be observed for any school to open up.

Some of the health conditions are that schools must renovate buildings, build new ones to create more space in classrooms and dormitories, provide masks for all students and teachers.

Then a school is required
test all teachers and students before allowing them at school.

Private school owners are complaining about the test kits which are too expensive and yet they have been not working for the last three months.

“We have made serious losses, and now we have spent three months without operating,’ says a private school owner.

” Our teachers demand their pay, and we are un able to pay them. Parents are crying too, the government must come up with a detailed solution as it prepare to re-open schools, he added.”

On Friday, June 12, Dr. John Chrysostom Muyingo, the state minister in charge of higher education, confirmed some of the proposals but did not give details.