However, Soroti County MP Kenneth Esiangu questioned why the government was in the rush to open schools at a time when the country is registering high numbers of COVID-19 cases yet the schools had been closed before a single case was registered.
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has
directed the Minister of Education and Sports to immediately provide a clear
plan of re-opening schools amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The directive followed a statement by the Minister of State
for Higher Education John Chrysostom Muyingo about the planned phased
re-opening of schools starting with students in candidate classes as
well as finalists in tertiary institutions and universities, on October 15, as announced by President Yoweri Museveni, In
his last address to the country, on Sunday.
said that government planned to provide every learner with at least two face masks
as they report back to schools. He also noted that the Ministry was scaling up digital learning to ensure
that all students across the country are covered and that the plans by the
Ministry equally captures the concerns of the special interest groups.
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However, Soroti County MP Kenneth
Esiangu questioned why the government was in the rush to open schools at a time
when the country is registering high numbers of COVID-19 cases yet the schools
had been closed before a single case was registered.
“When Covid-19 cases
were few, the government closed schools. Now that they have increased, the
government has decided to reopen schools. We are remaining with approximately
two months to end the year, why would the government choose to re-open schools?” he
September 22, 2020, Uganda has registered 6,879 positive COVID-19 cases. Out of
these, 69 have died.
But Sarah Opendi, the
State Minister of Mineral Development appealed to legislators to support
the government’s planned re-opening of schools in a phased manner saying that
there was no guarantee that they will have a vaccine for COVID-19 by early next
year. According to Opendi, COVID-19 should not permanently stop operations of
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga tasked the Minister to explain why government reached a decision to re-open schools at the end
of the year and what the Ministry of Education plans to do to Schools that were
used as quarantine centres. She also wondered why the Ministry was proceeding
without a proper plan after failing to deliver on its planned e-learning system.
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Kadaga then directed that the Minister of Education meets
the Education Committee to synchronize the gaps in the government’s planned re-opening of schools.