Learners in Uganda’s primary, secondary, technical and community polytechnic schools will all report for studies on January 10, 2022.
According to a calendar released on Wednesday in Kampala by Janet Kataha Museveni, the Minister of Education and Sports,the first school term will last 14 weeks, starting January 10, 2022 until April 15, before learners break off for a three weeks holiday.
“By the time schools closed for the second Covid-19 national lockdown in June 2021, learners in P.4, P.5, and P.6 had already completed their assessments and promoted to the next respective Classes; that is, P.5, P.6, and P.7. The P.1, P.2, and P.3 Classes of 2020 shall report in the next respective Classes of P.2, P.3, and P.4,” Mrs Museveni explained.
“Remedial lessons shall be provided for these Classes during First Term 2022 to help them cover critical content for the previous Class,” she added.
The second term will also last 14 weeks, starting May 9, 2022 until August 19, 2022, followed by another three-week holiday, according to the minister.
The third term shall commence on September 5, 2022 to December 9, 2022 before learners break off for seven weeks, until January 29, 2023 when they would resume studies.
The Minister also revealed that all learners of 2020 who were not in candidate classes would be automatically promoted to the next class.
“Remedial classes will be offered to them in the first term to help them catch up,”she said.
In her speech, the first lady also announced that parents of Senior two students who had fully paid school fees before the second lockdown will not pay fees for the first term.
The Minister noted that government would be unable to provide financial relief to private schools and instead advised them to “take advantage of Covid-19 relief measures that have been offered by various agencies.”
Ms Museveni also acknowledged the challenges the sector and its stakeholders faced during the Covid-19 period.
“The long closure of schools has adversely affected our young girls who have fallen victim to defilement, teenage pregnancies and child marriages. Our schools especially the Private schools may not be able to reopen due to financial stress,” she said.
Millions of primary and secondary students have been at home since March 2020 when President Museveni announced the first lockdown to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
For more than once, Mr Museveni has in his addresses revealed that he would fully open the economy including schools come January 2022.