Schools to open for all levels next month

BY: Eyalama In News On
Education Minister Janet Museveni
Education Minister Janet Museveni

The government has resolved that all learners return to school next month February, amid anxiety over financial constraints caused by the pandemic and over how to protect students in often crowded classrooms from the coronavirus.

Ministry of Education has reportedly already released funds including other UGX23b for reading materials.

Mr. Ismail Mulindwa, the director of basic education said the Ministry is holding discussions with national taskforce on Covid-19 on the potential reporting date.

“We have not yet decided the exact date on when they will return. But its next month. We are still in discussions with health authorities,” he said, noting that the exact date will be communicated next week.

Uganda

Confirmed
40,426
+18
Deaths
334
Recovered
15,052
Active
25,040
Last updated: March 4, 2021 - 6:29 pm (+00:00)

According to available information, new students at Makerere University have been asked to start picking admission letters as university resurrects to coronavirus disruptions.

Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe reportedly  announced to new and returning students, asking them to pick their admission letters starting next week.

Kenya

Confirmed
107,329
+528
Deaths
1,870
+4
Recovered
87,099
Active
18,360
Last updated: March 4, 2021 - 6:29 pm (+00:00)

Early last year, school gates around the world slammed shut. Today, an astonishing 15 million young people in Uganda alone are staying home as part of broader shutdowns to protect people from the novel coronavirus.

Healthy officials say the drastic measures worked in many places, dramatically slowing the spread, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Rwanda

Confirmed
19,198
Deaths
265
Recovered
17,569
Active
1,364
Last updated: March 4, 2021 - 6:29 pm (+00:00)

As schools resume, school officials worry some children might not return to class because their parents have not been working.

The Ministry of Education has set standards that schools must meet before they can admit students, most of whom could remain at home until as late as this year.

Schools must have enough hand-washing stations and enough room in classrooms and dorms for social distancing.

Although the pandemic has disrupted education around the world, the crisis is more acute in Africa, where up to 80% of students don’t have access to the internet and distance learning is out of reach for many.

Sub-Saharan Africa already had the highest rates of children out of school anywhere in the world, with nearly one-fifth of children between 6 and 11 and more than one-third of youths between 12 and 14 not in school, according to the United Nations

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