The Ministry of Education has released an academic program for all students who are scheduled to resume classes.
Last week, President Yoweri Museveni directed 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 open 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.
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.
According to the program, there will be no more nursery or kindergarten schools until the Covid-19 pandemic is over. 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. Children will now start school in Primary one at five years of age.
Primary six, S.3 and S.5 will study for 14 weeks starting from 1st march 2021 and ending on 21st May 2021. P.4. and P.5 will report back on 6th April after Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) till 4th June 2021.
The lower primary, P.1 to P.3 will report back on 7th June 2021 till July 24th 2021. Senior Two will report back on 31st May 2021 and break off on July 24th.
Students in teaching Vocational Training and Teaching (TVET) Institute, Primary Teachers College (PTC) and National Teachers College (NTC) will report back on 1st March. Universities and other Tertiary Institutions shall open in phased manner starting from 1st March.