The Ministry of Education is expected to come out with guidelines, to guide education institutions about their operations during the time. The guidance will also cover schools in border districts where public transport will remain closed even after June 4.
Parliament has directed the
Minister of Education to urgently present guidelines to be followed by parents
with learners in candidate classes.
While addressing the nation on
Tuesday in regard to the easing of the lockdown occasioned by the outbreak of
coronavirus disease in the country, President Yoweri Museveni said that education
institutions will open on June 4, for only finalists in Primary seven, Senior
four, Senior six and those in their final years in Universities and Tertiary
The Ministry of Education is
expected to come out with guidelines, to guide education institutions about
their operations during the time. The guidance will also cover schools in
border districts where public transport will remain closed even after June 4.
Today Woman MP Connie Nakayenze
told parliament that the President’s directive is challenging to parents in the
absence of immediate guidelines to aid their preparation for school opening.
She said that even when public
and private transport resumes, the majority of students use Bodaboda to and
from schools yet they are currently banned from carrying passengers. The MP
also expressed worry about the aspect of curfew time which she says will pose difficulty
for students who wake up early morning to walk to schools.
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Nakayenze, the former Chairperson
of the Education Committee of Parliament also raised concern on the access to
masks by students for daily basis.
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Busia Municipality MP Geoffrey
Macho, questioned how the government is going to cater for foreign students who
study in Uganda and in their final years.
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Butaleja Woman MP Milly Mugeni
said that parents tasked the Ministry of Education to come out with guidance on
how parents are going to raise money to aid students to resume school after two
months of staying home.
John Chrysostom Muyingo, the
State Minister for Higher Education told Parliament that the Ministry of
Education is currently working on the guidelines that will be used
as schools open for students in their final years. He added that the Ministry
is also discussing the effect of the lockdown on school fees.
“But the idea is to have all
candidates registered and for them to learn in a conducive environment,” Muyingo
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca
Kadaga demanded that the Ministry presents the guidelines on the floor of
parliament before the school term opens.