President Yoweri Museveni has asked the prime minister to lead a team from the ministries of education and health, as well as the national taskforce, in developing dates and revised safe plans for the reopening of educational facilities.
The instruction comes after a meeting between President Museveni, the ministries of education and health, and the Covid-19 national taskforce on the safe reopening of schools on Tuesday this week.
The purpose of the conference was to review with other key actors in the education sector the ideas for the safe reopening of learning institutions that were designed by the ministries of education and health, as well as the suggested reopening date of October 2021.
Vaccinating teachers, prioritizing learners who had less time in school, strengthening the continuity of learning, and reviewing school curricula were among the proposals presented.
According to Dr. Dennis Mugimba, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, the president was impressed by the recommendations as they were presented, particularly the issue of a phased and staggered reopening.
According to Dr. Mugimba, the president has directed that the prime minister lead the team in charge of the safe reopening, which includes the ministries of education and health, as well as the Covid-19 national task force, to further discuss some key issues and come up with final modalities and reopening dates, which will be presented to the president for approval.
According to Mugimba, the prime minister is scheduled to call a meeting next week to consider the issues raised by the president and to set reopening dates after verifying that the solutions in place protect students, instructors, non-teaching personnel, and individuals at home, particularly the elderly.
Dr. Mugimba claims that President Museveni was most concerned about vaccinating the elderly, particularly those over the age of 50, as well as teachers, support staff, and learners over the age of 18, claiming that if students return to school, particularly day scholars, they risk infecting their elders at home.
According to reports, 209,000 (38 percent) teachers were vaccinated out of a target population of 550,000, and 401,000 (12 percent) old people were vaccinated out of a target population of 3.3 million.
Despite the fact that the education ministry’s target remains at 550,000 instructors, Dr. Mugimba claims that the ministry is aware of teachers who are leaving the profession for other opportunities.
After the reopening, he says the ministry is considering conducting a teacher census.
He also mentions that the ministry had proposed a tentative date for holding the selections, which was suggested to be September 2021, but that after the same meeting with the president, they had to reschedule the procedure.
According to Mugimba, the senior one and five selection dates will be conveyed promptly, and the complete school calendar will be revealed next week.