Amid a new COVID-19 wave in Uganda, several institutions of learning are being forced to temporarily suspend physical teaching and learning activities after students and staff tested positive for the virus.
Chrystelle Jocquet, the Belgian Development Agency Resident representative in Uganda, says that the intervention will address key gaps like the teaching of theory, which has left many school leavers jobless.
Several nursery schools and kindergartens are currently applying for licenses allowing them to operate primary school sections targeting pupils in Lower Classes who are scheduled to return to school soon.
Reuben Twinomujuni, the University Senior Public Relations Officer, says that following the outbreak of covid-19 at the university, the university decided to cancel physical learning and resort to online teaching.
Josephine Nakiyingi, the Communications Officer Brac Uganda scholarship Program, says that their target was to support 5000 students in Uganda to complete their secondary education within a period of eight years.
Richard Abura, the deputy headteacher of Nakasero Primary School says that the school has distributed the self-study books to each learner in the upper classes. He however says that the lower primary learners have not received anything from the government yet they need the materials for continuity.
According to the revised school calendar, the Ministry of Education and Sports had projected that schools at all levels will reopen for all learners in the new academic year scheduled to start on August 9 this year.
The African Development Bank President recalled his work in Uganda as the Associate Director of the Rockefeller Foundation, when he engaged the University faculty members in undertaking research on food technologies.
Alfred Okwonga, the Gulu City Mayor says the budget allocation for the Education Department is aimed at expanding and improving school infrastructural facilities like classrooms, staff houses, energy and lighting, as well as water and sanitation among others.
Some private schools in Kampala have embarked on planning on how to best support their teachers and school staff to recover and at the same time build capacity to enable them to build resilience against similar situations in future.
Kenneth Ssembatya, a concerned parent, says that many parents are not sure of which term is in progress as their children are spending very limited time while at school but they are charged full school fees and requirements for the entire term.
Peter Muramira, Director Kent Foundation Training Institute, wants the government to understand and recognise tertiary institutions as SMEs that are skilling Ugandans who act as the engine of investment in the country.
The 27-year-old student enrolled for a Bachelor of Laws Degree on a government sponsorship in 2012 and was expected to graduate in 2016. Before joining the university, he had studied at Uganda Martyrs SS Namugongo for his A'level and Ntare School for O'level. This implies that Burobuto did not have a financial challenge, and did not possibly fail his papers.
The order will affect ten private primary and nursery schools with more than 5000 learners in different parts of the country. The schools include Kito Pioneer Primary School in Ntinda, Testimonies Nursery School in Kireka, St Ponsiano Ngondwe Nursery School in Makindye, Elgon Infant School in Kireka and Nsambya Police Barracks Nursery/Primary School.
Arthur Ntozi, a son to the deceased, says that the Professor breathed his last this afternoon from Naalya, Wakiso District. He had been diagnosed with stage four cancer in March from Nairobi hospital and has since been receiving treatment from the Uganda Cancer Institute in Mulago.