Students in Universities and other tertiary institutions across the country will return to classrooms on November 20, 2021 sources have told Sta Daily News.
In a cabinet meeting held on September 16th with an aim to revise lockdown measures, officials including those from the Education ministry however decided that primary and secondary schools will have to wait until January 10th, 2022.
“The meeting resolved to have the vaccination exercise heightened for teachers in schools before they reopen because of the projection of a looming covid-19 third wave. If the vaccination is achieved, then it will be much safer to have learners go back to school,” one of the sources said.
“Another target for the vaccination are the parents of the learners who hold a high risk of infection and that way, we’ll be able to contain the virus in the event that it resurges,” the source further noted.
In a previous meeting, this website has learnt that the Prime Minister , Rt Hon. Robbinah Nabbanja while meeting technocrats, said primary and secondary schools would wait until 5 million Ugandans in priority groups – teachers, health workers, members of the security forces and those aged 50 and above are vaccinated.
We have also learnt that president Yoweri Museveni will soon address the nation on the status of the covid-19 pandemic. He is as well expected to loosen up on some of the measures he communicated over two months ago.
However, before the president’s address, sources said the minister for ICT and national guidance Dr Chris Baryomunsi might release a communique to the public in as far as re-opening of schools is concerned.