Education Ministry reveals schools will reopen for only 3 more classes

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Parents should brace to stay with their children longer after it was established that plans are underway to recall a few learners to school next year following more than eight months of no studies.

Mr Ismail Mulindwa, the director of basic education in the Ministry of Education, however, said the decision will be informed by an assessment expected to be done next week.

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“We can’t wake up and say we are going to add other classes without knowing what is happening. The Directorate of Education Standards is preparing to assess capacity in other classes with two-metre distance. Whatever decision we take, we must be within the confines of the Covid-19 standard operating procedures,” Mr Mulindwa told Daily Monitor yesterday.

According to the Daily Monitor, he neither denied nor confirmed their plan to take on only sub-candidate classes but insisted they will not take on all the learners.

Sources at the ministry, who preferred anonymity, said their plan is to have sub-candidate classes ( Primary Six, Senior Three and Senior Five) join the candidate classes when they report in January for their final term.

The sources said this will enable the continuing students to progress to another class. But the sources warned that the other classes will automatically be promoted.

“We are going to assess how schools managed the candidate classes. This (report) will direct us what to do next. Give us some time,” Mr Kakooza, the Ministry Permanent Secretary said.

Schools were closed on March 20 following the outbreak of coronavirus. The ministry later proposed a phased reopening starting with candidate classes, which reported on October 15.

Story courtesy of Patience Ahimbisibwe

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