Uganda ended the longest school closure in the world on Monday and ordered millions of students back into the classroom almost two years after classes were interrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Around 15 million students have not attended school in Uganda since March 2020, when the classrooms were closed when Covid-19 conquered the world.
Education Secretary John Muyingo said that one year later all students would automatically resume classes where they left off.
” All schools have policies and standard procedures in place to ensure the safe return of children to schools and steps have been taken to ensure that those who do not do so, “he told AFP .
< p class = "align - justify"> Muyingo said any private schools that charge fees, d he rates above the pre-pandemic rates would be sanctioned.
The rush to get children back to school clogged traffic in the city of pital Kampala.
< p class = "align - justify"> Children’s rights groups had criticized Uganda’s decision to keep schools completely or partially closed for 83 weeks, longer than anywhere else in the world.
“We can’t let that happen again. We have to keep schools open for every child everywhere, “the UN children’s rights group Unicef said on Twitter.
The charity Save the Children said that the students are looking for a Fall have difficulty adjusting far behind and warned that there could be high drop-out rates in the coming weeks without urgent intervention to support learners.
Uganda has recorded 153,762 cases of Covid-19 and 3,339 deaths, according to the latest government figures as of January 7th