Janet Museveni.

School Reopening Date Set

The ministry of education and sports has set date for the reopening if schools.

According to sources, all children are likely to report to school within the first week of January next year.

Earlier, the phased reopening plan had been proposed to manage the multiple cohorts of classes as well as ensuring that COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) are observed in schools.

However, further sources, have indicated that schools are expected to reopen on January 3, 2022.

The sources indicate that the ministry has also adopted normal school terms of 86 days, but with special considerations for current semi-candidates, who will eventually become candidates within the same year.

These are proposed to write their examinations starting May next year.

The ministry is also expected to adopt the automatic promotion for all children and that all children who will have turned six years as of January next year, will join Primary One.

“Yes, the ministry has concluded its plans on reopening. The tentative date is January 3, 2022. That is what the tentative calendar reads,” the source said.

“As communicated by the President recently, the ministry has also made provisions to reopen fully, come January next year.”

While addressing the nation over the weekend, President Yoweri Museveni reaffirmed his earlier position that the economy will be fully opened in January next year, whether people are vaccinated or not.

This will include schools. He, however, noted that the country has so far received 15.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

Another source had indicated that the proposed calendar was to be revealed by the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Mrs Janet Museveni.

The First Lady was due to meet MPs Wednesday, November 24, on issues surrounding the reopening of schools, but the meeting has been postponed.