Primary and Secondary Schools to Reopen April 27, Universities Resume May 2

Minister of Education, Janet Museveni

Schools (Secondary and Primary) will resume their Term One studies on April 27, according to the tentative schedule released by the Ministry of Education and Sports.

The Minister of Education, Janet Museveni said that Pre-primary, primary, secondary schools and Primary Teachers’ Colleges will open on April 27 for the continuation of Term One. The term will run until June 20. 

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Second Term will then commence on June 22 up to September 4 while Term Three will begin on : September 21 until December 19.

However, the Minister was quick to add that this schedule will only stand “if everything goes as planned”.

Schools across the country were closed last month following an Executive Order by President Yoweri Museveni in line with preventing the spread of coronavirus which has so far affected over one million people globally. At least 65,000 people have dried so far. The virus has so far spread across 182 countries world over.

In Uganda, 48 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus. No death has been reported.

Universities and Tertiary Institutions including Business, Technical, Vocational Education and Training (BTVET) institutions will resume the Semester on the May 2.

“The Ministry will still operate 3 school Terms and 2 Semesters for lower and higher Institutions of learning respectively. When schools re-open, it will be a continuation of Term 1. No extra fees should be charged,” Janet Museveni said.

To recover the lost days, the first and second term holidays will be shorter than the usual duration, she said.

The Ministry of Education has also said that there shall be no formal tests or examinations at the end of Term One.

Instead, teachers will use the period for teaching and learning. Cumulative end of topic class based results are to be used on End of Term reports.

Candidates shall do only one set of Mock Examinations,  that are school generated, at the end of Term Two. 

“Therefore all schools are herewith barred from engaging students in any externally set Mock examinations this year, to ensure that syllabus recovery time is not wasted”.

In the case of Universities, online examinations have been suspended. The Minister said some universities  have been forcing students to pay for online Examinations yet some students can’t .

“We have decided that all these Examinations be suspended until we are out of this crisis”.

The Ministry says it will send a harmonized continuous learning program for all Primary and Secondary school learners to all Local Governments and Association of Secondary School Headteachers of Uganda Association (ASSHU), where selected Teachers will use the secured government Radio and Tv airtime.

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