Education ministry bans visitation days in schools

Dr. Denis Mugimba: "So, as per our guidelines, there is still a hold on visiting days. When that hold is lifted, the schools and public shall be informed."

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Dr Denis Mugimba| COURTESY/FILE PHOTO.

The Ministry of Education and Sports Wednesday warned schools against allowing parents to visit their children who are in boarding section until further notice.

The move, the ministry reasons, is intended minimize the spread of covid-19

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While addressing the press at the Media Centre in Kampala, Dr Denis Mugimba, the spokesperson of the education ministry said they are aware of schools conducting visitation days in the guise of parents’ meetings.

He however cautioned that, this puts lives at risk yet they opted for the boarding institutions as safe places for their children.
“Visiting days usually works for learners who are in boarding facilities. The boarding institution is seen like a safe space so continuously bringing in people from outside and interacting with learners who are in a protected bubble is a risk factor,” Mugimba said.

He added; “So, as per our guidelines, there is still a hold on visiting days. When that hold is lifted, the schools and public shall be informed.”

Relatedly, the ministry has given schools green light to organize their sports and games activities provided they observe the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that are supposed to be followed within the sports setting.

There has been no school sporting competitions since the Covid 19 outbreak. Dr Mugimba however noted that participating in the games is non obligatory and thus, the schools that are not ready are free to opt out.

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