Mon. Sep 28th, 2020

Parliament Demands Clear Gov’t Position on Schools’ Re-opening

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has directed Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to immediately appear before parliament and provide the government position in regard to re-opening of education institutions.

Kadaga’s directive followed complaints by a section of Members of Parliament in regard to the contradictory statements from different government institutions in regard to the proposed re-opening of schools which have left parents, proprietors of schools and other people anxious.

Education institutions were closed in March this year after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. The move was meant to protect over 15 million learners in high-risk concentration centres, against corona virus and at the time of the closure, the idea was that learners could report back to school after 32 days
It is now coming to seven months and schools are still closed. The country’s academic year normally runs from February to November covering 260 days of curricular and co-curricular activities, assessment, and national examinations. Under this arrangement, the system leaves 104 days for holidays.  Around this time, the children would be reporting for the third term of school

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