By Frank Kamuntu
Kampala: The Minister for Education and Sports dubbed first lady Janet Kataha Museveni has written to the Finance Minister Matia Kasaija requesting him to release the third term capitation grant.
In a letter dated September 2, 2020, Mrs Museveni revealed that in a meeting held on September 1, 2020 by the COVID-19 task force and the president, they resolved that a phased reopening of schools starting with candidate classes be implemented starting September 20, 2020.
“It has been brought to my attention that the capitation grant for the third term was not released to the schools in July due to the fact that the institutions were still closed,” she noted in a letter asking Kasaija to release the funds to the beneficiary schools to prepare for the phased reopening of schools.
It’s worth noting that President Museveni approved the reopening of medical institutions for final year students undertaking health related courses earlier this last month.
This was revealed through the statement issued by the National Council For Higher Education, addressed to all vice Chancellors and Principals of institutions offering health related training in which the Government addressed itself to the fact that since medical health interns provide significant service in hospitals and other health facilities in the country, they are to resume their studies to curb the internship demand in hospitals.
“I’m pleased to inform you that H.E the President has approved the re-opening of institutions with final year students undertaking health related training” statement reads.
It added that this is to enable the students complete their studies as to fill the human resource gap the Health Sector would likely face.
The groups of finalists considered to be allowed to resume their studies are as indicated below.
1. Finalist students undertaking training at Bachelors level in Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Nursing Midwifery, Dental Surgery, Pharmacy, Allied Medical Professionals.
2. Finalist Postgraduate students on health related programmes.
3. Postgraduate students (doctors, nurses and midwives) who are qualified and are already health practitioners.
4. Finalists undertaking training at Diploma level in different disciplines.