No date has been set for re-opening schools; Ministry of Education.
The Education Minister Hon. Seninde Rosemary says that no date has been set for re-opening of schools. This follows concerns raised by MPs regarding the rumor that schools were set to open on the 8th of June 2020 and the concern of the Government’s preparedness to re-open schools.
Responding to the concerns, the Minister informed members that the Ministry was yet come up with a conclusive policy document that would guide the process to have schools re-open after months of closure due to COVID-19. “We have not made a statement as the Ministry of Education that students are starting schools on the 8th of June 2020. We know that Parliamentarians are key stakeholders in the education of our children and we shall inform them Madam Speaker.”
She called upon the MPs to disregard the rumors that have been circulating on social media regarding the re-opening of schools saying, “Rt. Hon. Speaker, it’s true that there has been something running on social media as a circular, but I want to make it clear to this House that as a Ministry we have not yet issued a circular to that effect.”
Additionally, MP Nsereko Muhamad (Kampala Central Mp) raised concern overcapacity of many of the parents and other caretakers to afford and provide school requirements like the registration fees for the candidate classes. The member highlighted that many of the parents had not been working and therefore they have no money.
Following the same line, MP Macho ( Mp Busia Municipality ) noted that most of the Schools in his constituency were still being used as quarantine centers and therefore wanted to know from Government were there was any special arrangement put in place to address the concern.
The Minister (Hon. Seninde) assured the Members that Government was in control of the COVID situation and as Ministry of Education, they are going to present a statement before Parliament in response to the concerns raised by Members and other matter regarding the re-opening of schools the coming week.
“I would like to pledge to this House that next week on Tuesday, we shall inform this House on the way forward regarding the re-opening of schools. I wish to assure Members that as a Ministry we are not sitting back.” Seninde concluded.