The loss according to the report titled; The State of the Global Education Crisis: A Path to Recovery report published by World Bank-UNESCO-UNICEF, is equivalent to about 14 percent of today’s global Gross Domestic Product-GDP.
Although President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni stated last month that the economy will reopen with or without vaccination come January 2022, the Education ministry insists that the vaccination response will determine the reopening to avoid closure when schools reopen.
Schools in Uganda have remained closed for over 80 weeks, which is the longest school closure recorded across the world, yet the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown which led to the closure of schools is projected to worsen the already waning learning outcomes in the country.
In 2013, the government came up with the school feeding and nutrition guidelines that were aimed to improve the child's health, nutrition and education performance. However, this is yet to be implemented.
On average 32,000 teenage pregnancies have been reported every month during the COVID-19 outbreak in Uganda. The total number of recorded pregnancies is five times the number of cumulative COVID-19 positive cases that have been reported since 2020
Nkwanga notes that charity has been a lifelong passion for him in that after making close to 100 job applications in vain, he resolved to take care of children that had lost parents during the Covid-19 crisis.
It is expected that educational institutions will re-open in January 2022, after nearly two years of closure, according to an announcement made by President Yoweri Museveni in September. Since then, the education ministry has promised to release a revised school calendar and roadmap to the pre-reopening activities in vain.
Prof. Annette Nakimuli who has previously discovered the gene in African women that pre-disposes them to high blood pressure in pregnancy or preeclampsia will now be studying characteristics of women who are likely to suffer four maternal health related complications so that health workers can intervene early on. The complications include Preeclampsia, pre-term birth, still birth and intra- uterine growth restriction where a baby in the womb does not grow as normally expected.
Dr. Robert Ojambo, the spokesperson FASPU says that the National Executive Committee reviewed their decision and resolved not to strike and instead petition the Education Minister to start negotiations before next year in March.
On Monday, the Minister in charge of ICT and National Guidance, Dr. Chris Baryomunisi, said that the Cabinet had resolved all Universal Primary (UPE) and Secondary Schools (USE) to stop charging learners any fees as schools reopen in January next year.
The cabinet that met on Monday agreed that government should abolish all forms of charges that have been collected from learners in Universal Primary Education-UPE and Universal Secondary Education –USE schools.
Due to the lack of a law supposed to put in place national examinations for these institutions administered by UBTEB, some institutions set and teach content that is not aligned to the set BTVET curriculum.
Ayume’s remarks come at a time when several players in the education sector including fellow parliamentarians are tasking the education ministry to issue out an official road map for school reopening as the first step towards planning on resumption of physical teaching and learning activities.
Effective this year, the Ministry of Education and Sports, through the 2019 National Teacher Policy, phased out lower qualifications for teachers in favour of degree programmes. According to the policy direction, the ministry also stipulated that the teacher degree programme will be running for four instead of the normal three years.
“You are the same people who have been complaining about opening of schools," said Among.
Medard Lubega Sseggona, the Busiro East MP who said that Minister Museveni should be humble and do things neatly, and needs to recognize that Parliament supervises her and not the reverse.