Uganda’s Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni, who is also the country’s first lady, has rejected the Belgian Ambassador’s request to reopen the international schools before the end of the year.
The envoy had the Inquiry to government over concerns that international students’ academic year may be interrupted. Ambassador Rudi Veestraeten had argued that their academic year starts in September, while that of the Ugandan schools starts in January.
He noted that students lose half a year if international schools join other local schools reopen in January.
“If the Ministry of Education can allow international schools to reopen, they will follow (Covid-19) guidelines as they did last year. A number of diplomats are sending their children to these schools, so they are requesting the Ministry to reopen before next year, ”added Mr Veestraeten. that most international school students are day pupils, so they can easily pass infections from schools to their parents.
“I received another letter from an ambassador other than you asking us to open international schools sooner or to open again later. The problem we have is that learners are passing the virus from schools to their parents. How should we explain to the communities if this happens? “Said Ms. Museveni.
She added that it would be unfair to reopen international schools and skip local schools and asked her parents to use the online – To continue with the class.
“I want you to understand and take our message to other colleagues. The government will reopen all institutions when it is safe. If we vaccinate all teachers, non-teaching staff and elders in the ward, we will open schools knowing that we have done everything to save lives, ”said Ms. Museveni.
The Ministry of Education of Uganda was heavily criticized this year after international schools reopened to hold final exams, with many Ugandans accusing the government of double standards.
More than 15 million students in the country are still locked at home, some of them especially kindergarten and elementary school one to three, which spent almost two years not setting foot in class.
The government closed all educational institutions for the second time in March of last year and in June of this year. The public has put unsuccessful pressure on the government to reopen schools before the end of the year.
President Museveni earlier this month cleared the universities to reopen on November 1st, while elementary and secondary schools the next In the meantime, Minister of Higher Education John Chrysostom Muyingo said that the students who signed up for the 2020 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education have enrolled and have qualified to enter tertiary institutions will have to wait longer after the planned reopening in November.
However, there is disagreement among the general public about which category of students will register first.
< Mr Muyingo said that only freshmen who did not complete their 2020/2021 academic year and postgraduate students in the 1st grade went into the second year to study ih A place to be.
He said the ministry is working on reopening guidelines and issuing dates for senior one, senior five, and freshman students.