Education authorities urge government to partially reopen schools citing reduced spread of COVID-19

Education authorities have asked the government to partially reopen schools starting with areas that do not have confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The proposal follows an assessment of the recent interventions by the government to help children learn at home.

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The government has been sending study materials to learners at home to help children revise during the lockdown after schools were closed in March 2020 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The study materials were accompanied by parent’s guide but little has been achieved as most learners across the country have not received the materials, months after they were published.

Experts have observed that the radio and TV programs have not yielded much fruit because of their failure to penetrate through numerous households across the country.

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In addition only a small proportion of learners are able to access and closely follow the lessons.

Stakeholders also note that many parents are illiterate and unable to help children use the study materials distributed by government during the lockdown

Students in remote districts, unlike those in urban areas are left behind due to lack of infrastructure like laptops and smartphones.

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President Museveni recently stated that schools and religious institutions should remain closed on the ground that they may cause a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases.