Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni

The Minister of Education Janet Museveni has revealed that there will be no more nursery or kindergarten schools until the #Covid-19 pandemic is over.

Yesterday President Yoweri Museveni okayed the reopening of schools to non-candidate students following his directive for closure in march last year. The closure according to Museveni peddled at curbing the spread of the deadly #Covid-19 pandemic.

“The schools will be allowed to reopen in a staggered manner that will ensure compliance with Covid-19 Standard operating procedure (SOP) of maintaining social distance, washing hands or sanitizing, and wearing of face masks,” Museveni said.

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Mrs. Museveni said Children will now start school in Primary one at five years of age.

“Parents should instead take on the mantle and do play learning with their children at home before sending them to P1,” she said adding that Learners in this category cannot observe SOPs and are prone to respiratory infections and because many of the pre-primary institutions are day-based, there is a lot of interaction between learners, and parents, teachers which would increase the risk of contracting the virus.

In order to finish up the academic year and ensure progression, all semi candidate classes, which include primary six, senior three and senior five should report back to school in the short term and study with the candidate classes.

She said that apart from candidates who will sit for Uganda national examinations board (UNEB), Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) and there will be no exams for the rest of the classes. Progression for other classes will be evaluated on attendance and a cumulative assessment.

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