KAMPALA, 7 February 2021 – Schools across Uganda have been cleared to reopened in “staggered manner” effective next March 1, President Yoweri Musveni has said.
Students will attend in-person classes under a staggered system that will break up school attendance into groups in keeping with recommendations by the country’s ministry of education or school authorities.
Museveni expressed disappointment with Members of Parliament who rejected a proposal to resume through home-schooling, with lessons brought to students via radio and television broadcasts.
Parliament declined to allocated resources for the “school by radio and television” program which required $91.89 million (Shs 336.8 billion) to purchase nine million radio sets, at least.
Media reports said the MPs were turned off by a visit to the purported site of the manufacture of radio sets which revealed that authorities were really planning to import the radio sets.
Schools will resume in-person learning to complete the 2020 academic year which will run up to end of July 2021, Museveni said in a televised address..
The academic year in Uganda is usually from late January to early December.
The outbreak last March of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the authorities to shutdown all schools.
The Ugandan leader also gave the all-clear for universities and other tertiary institutions to resume on-campus classes in a “staggered” manner, stressing that COVID-19 restrictions will remain in force.
Also on education, Uganda’s development education minister, Janet Museveni, said pupils in nursery and pre-primary school programs will not resume until COVID-19 is under control.