By Spy Uganda
Kampala: As schools and other institutions of learning eye reopening on 10th Jan 2022, the Ministry of Education and Sports has released a phased program to guide the reopening.
The program specifically targets schools in Kampala, Wakiso and Mpigi and shall follow a staggered reporting plan with effect from Monday.
“All learners in day schools shall report on Monday, January 10, 2022, for class. All learners in boarding schools in the districts of Wakiso, Mpigi, Mukono, and Kampala shall follow a staggered reporting plan with effect from Monday, January 2022 and no boarding students in the concerned districts shall report for school earlier than January 10, 2022,” says the Ministry.
The above decision Ministry says has been drafted after engagements with; KCCA, Wakiso, Mukono and Mpigi district local governments, security and the Ministry of Works and Transport.
Meanwhile, the phased reopening plan will see students in the A-level and Lower primary reporting to school on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, whereas those in O-level, P.5, P.6 and P.7 will report on Thursday, January 13, 2022.
”Students in international schools whether offering day or boarding schools should comply with the program and should not open earlier than the January, 10 date as indicated by the president,” says Ministry adding;
“For those in Mpigi and Wakiso districts, the reporting dates for boarding students in A-level and those in lower primary(boarding) will be January, 10 whereas those in O-level, P.5, P.6 and P.7 (in boarding) will be Wednesday, January, 12.”
The Ministry has tasked parents or guardians to ensure that the learners are provided with a mask to wear when travelling to school while using public transport means.
President Museveni on Friday announced plans to lift COVID-19 containment measures this January that had been in place since March 2020, including reopening schools, bars and nightclubs, citing rising vaccination rates.
In a televised speech late on Friday, Museveni said pre-primary, primary and secondary schools would be reopened on Jan. 10.
The president urged Ugandans to get vaccinated as the “first solution” to COVID-19.