Gov’t Warns schools operating extra classes except for candidates

Judith Nabakooba, the Minister of ICT & National Guidance

Education institutions have been ordered to stop the operation of other classes except for candidate classes. In November last year, Covid-19 Guidelines were partially lifted for schools to allow only candidate classes to resume the learning process after schools being closed since March.

This was during the weekly Press briefing Minister of ICT and National Guidance Judith Nabakooba.

“We have come to learn that some schools are secretly violating this guidance and allowing students of senior five, senior three and primary six to attend school physically. I call upon all school administrators and parents involved to immediately stop,” Nabakooba said.

“Currently the only provision for physical interactions is with the candidate classes,” she added.

“In the meantime, I call upon all academic institutions to continue improving on there readiness to resume normal operations,” she added.

She has also revealed that cabinet is scheduled to receive a full report on school readiness to open on Monday.

“During the NRM caucus meeting yesterday, we received a brief from the Ministry of Education about the state of preparedness in some institutions countrywide,” Nabakooba said.

“The conditions in some places such as hostels and dormitories for boarding schools are just unacceptable. Some hostels accommodate three times the number of students per room,” she said.

“Other schools and higher institutions of learning do not have running water and not doing well on the laid down Standard Operating Procedures,” she added.

“Cabinet sitting tomorrow will receive a full report on the state of preparedness,” she said.

Nabakooba has also urged learning institutions to continue maintaining the standard operating procedures as they await further guidance from President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

“As we wait for guidance from our scientists and His Excellency the President, I call upon all academic institutions to continue working on the expected Standard Operating Procedures,” she said.

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