President Museveni has finally approved the reopening of all schools start with candidate classes and finalists in universities.
Schools will be reopened On September 20 2020, Sources from the education ministry on 5th September 2020 said that the ministry had at last agreed with the COVID-19 National Task Force to have schools re-opened and that this decision, if there are no major changes, will soon be officially announced.
schools will first put in place the set Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) from the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).
These will include mandatory testing of both staff and students, walk and ride to school, and disinfection of institutions currently used as isolation centres.
This development comes a day after the First Lady and education minister, Mrs. Janet Museveni, wrote to finance minister, Matia Kasaija, asking him to release capitation grants for the third term to the beneficiary schools.
An estimated 15 million learners in 73,240 institutions and 548,192 teachers were affected. Although several economic activities have resumed in the Government’s phased lifting of the lockdown, schools, places of worship, bars, and night clubs remain closed to date.
Last month, the President ordered that the finance ministry releases sh20b to support the hundreds of thousands of teachers in 13,000 private schools.
Last week, the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) indicated that final year students at health-related institutions and universities will report to their respective academic institutions on September 28.