President Yoweri Museveni is tomorrow on Wednesday set to declare government’s decision on the reopening of schools for all learners. There has been unresolved mix-up amongst ministry of Education officials, ministry of health and scientists on reopening of schools. Cabinet has approved the recommendation to have Semi-candidate classes (P6, S3, S5) report back to school in the short term and study (in shift where necessary) with the Candidate classes. In a cabinet meeting that sat at State House Entebbe on Monday 1st February, 2021, the Ministry of Education was tasked to present a report with its recommendations for the re-opening of Education Institutions to non-candidate learners which have been at home since March 2021 as a measure to combat the Coronavirus pandemic. According to the Uganda Media Centre boss Ofwono Opondo, cabinet approved the the recommendations and now education institutions will be allowed to re-open in a staggered manner, while ensuring compliance with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and safety of both the students and teachers.Universities according to the education ministry and cabinet will also be allowed to re-open but in a staggered manner that will ensure compliance with the SOPs. According to cabinet, promotion to the next class will be based on attendance and continuous assessment of class work and assignments. Learners in the pre-primary section will however not re-open because according to the recommendations of the Ministry of Education, these cannot observe COVID-19 SOPs yet they are prone to respiratory infections and need a lot of interface with their teachers and parents which increases the risk of infection. President Museveni is now expected to advise the country this week on the exact dates that students will be allowed to return to school following these cabinet decisions.

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