H.E The President Y.K.T Museveni will tomorrow officially announce when or whether schools should fully or partially reopen for more classes in addition to the candidates.
This follows a Cabinet meeting yesterday which looked at various options both the scientists and Ministry of Education officials submitted after they failed to agree on permitting all learners back to school this term.
While education technocrats had proposed that all learners return to school, scientists under the national Covid-19 taskforce said it was risky at the moment and appealed that they wait until they have been vaccinated.
In an interview with the Daily Monitor Mr Alex Kakooza, Ministry of Education permanent secretary, said that the President would make his final say tomorrow.
“Wait for the announcement on Wednesday,” he said, adding that President Museveni would clear the air on the matter.
But teachers under their umbrella, Uganda National Teachers’ Union yesterday said their earlier discussions with scientists was not achievable with the latter insisting on waiting for vaccines to reduce coronavirus transmission among learners.
“President Museveni is obsessed with scientists. Can they vaccinate all children in school? They have failed to test them. How can they afford vaccinating them? They should now start reopening schools even if it’s to add on few classes. You can’t reopen markets, arcades, public transport, churches and keep schools closed. The children are everywhere. What are we shielding them from?” Mr Filbert Baguma, the Unatu general secretary, asked.
The Ministry of Health earlier said they expect first batch of vaccine between May and June.
They have budgeted for only nine million people with priority on frontline health workers, elderly and those with underlying health conditions.
Education statistics show that more than 15 million learners were sent home in March last year following the coronavirus out break.
Candidate classes have since been allowed to report back and the date of the other classes remains unclear until tomorrow when the President announces government plan.Add your comments: Download Our News App Here