Gov’t Shortens 3rd Term By Two Weeks To Curb Ebola Spread

Gov’t Shortens 3rd Term By Two Weeks To Curb Ebola Spread

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By Spy Uganda

Government will shorten the school term by two weeks to reduce daily contact amongst students and help curb the spread of Ebola, the education minister said on Tuesday.

Authorities have been struggling to contain the highly infectious and deadly haemorrhagic fever since the epidemic spilled into the capital Kampala, home to around two million people.

As of Monday, the country had recorded a total of 135 confirmed cases and 53 deaths, according to the health ministry.

Education minister Janet Kataha Museveni said cabinet had taken a decision to close pre-schools, primary schools and secondary schools on Nov. 25, because densely packed classrooms made students highly vulnerable to infection.

“Closing schools earlier will reduce areas of concentration where children are in daily close contact with fellow children, teachers and other staff who could potentially spread the virus,” Museveni said in a statement.

Students are currently in their third and final term for the calendar year, at the end of which they sit promotional exams.

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