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Saturday To Be adopted As Education Ministry Tables School Re-opening Proposal To Museveni

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Saturday To Be adopted As Education Ministry Tables School Re-opening Proposal To  Museveni

The Ministry of Education and Sports has tabled school re-opening proposal to the president for further guidance and perusal.

According to sources, the president received the proposal from Ministry of Education officials in the presence of the National Covid-19 Task Force at State House Entebbe early this week.

The development was further confirmed by the Private Secretary to the Minister of Education Denis Mugimba and ministry of health having been present in the meeting.

Mugimba said that according to the proposal, they asked President Museveni to allow schools open but in a phased or staggered manner, not allowing students to gather in schools at the same time.

The program was used previously and allows only a few classes to be accommodated at school premises alternatingly.

“We had proposed that we open in a phased manner in October 2021, there was agreement that if SOPs are implemented, then we shall proceed at all levels up to University,” Mugimba noted.

Mugimba noted that once the phased opening is allowed, then learners will be accommodated in a staggering manner.

“We can say that P1 to P2 report on Monday to Wednesday while other classes open on the remaining days up to Saturday,” he said.

Saturday was adopted according to the proposal to help students catch with what they have missed as the school calendar is expected to be more demanding and shorter holidays as well contrary to the previous times.

“For instance, instead of the usual four- or three-weeks holiday, we shall have one or two weeks because we have to maximize the time when things are good, transmission rates are low and we catch up as much as we can,” Mugimba said.

However, the ministry said that they will require Headteachers to be custodians of SOPs including ensuring that only vaccinated teachers are allowed to report to school.

According to the ministry of health, 38% of the teachers are said to have been vaccinated which is about 209,000 out of the 550,000 to hit 100%.

Mugimba also explained that the selection dates for the senior one and five will also be communicated immediately.

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