Parliament has directed the Ministry of Education and Sports to table a comprehensive report on the reopening of learning institutions.
This is after the Kalungu West MP, Joseph Ssewungu rose concerned over the uncertainty and uncoordinated statements from the Minister of Science and Technology and that of Education on reopening of learning institutions.
“I am happy that teachers are being vaccinated at a rapid speed but the government has not formally given communication on how schools will resume,” said Ssewungu.
Ssewungu also demanded clarity on the selection of students joining senior one and five into government schools.
“Government has not given Parliament a preposition on how schools will be reopened. In rural areas, schools are dilapidated, there is no infrastructure and teachers are demoralized,” he added.
On March 18, 2021, President Yoweri Museveni announced a national lockdown including closure of schools and religious gatherings across the country in an attempt to prevent the spread of Covid19.
MP Busia Municipality, Geoffrey Macho said that the continued closure of schools in Uganda has forced children in border districts to cross to the neighboring countries.
“Ugandan students cross to Kenya every morning. When I asked my colleague from Lwakhakha, he told me the same. I had a chat with Hon. Geoffrey Lutaaya who is neighboring Tanzania border, told me the same,” said Macho.
Kira Municipality MP, Ibrahim Ssemujju wondered why International schools were operating yet the local schools were closed.
The State Minister for Higher Education John Chrysostom Muyingo confirmed that very soon, Parliament and the public will be informed on the plan to reopen schools.
“Government has prioritized vaccination of teachers; schools were closed as a precautionary measure to curb the further spread of Covid19. Very soon, Parliament and the public will be informed on the plan to reopen schools,” Muyingo said.