First lady and Education minister Janet Kataaha Museveni Monday night addressed the nation on the Uganda Education and Sports Sector preparedness and response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects.
Regarding the reopening of the schools and institutions, she said that the Sector will be guided by the National Taskforce on COVID–19.
If the COVID -19 would have been contained in the first 30 days of school closure that were expiring on 20th April 2020, the tentative dates for re-opening of schools and institutions would be on 27th April 2020 and 2nd May 2020 respectively.
“I wish to inform you now that this will not be possible in the present circumstances.”
Highlights from her address:
The ministry has produced a framework to guide the process of continuity of learning, basic concepts for study have been and harmonized learning packages have been identified for use in the continuity of learning at home.
The identified packages will be delivered on Radio and Television, and will mainly forcus on P1-P7 and Secondary level.
The lessons on Radio and TV commenced Monday 20th April 2020.
The lessons taught will address basic concepts which Learners at various levels have already covered, so as to ensure consolidation of concepts already learned.
Self-study print materials for P1-P7 are available and will be distributed to learners.
The ministry will hand the materials to District leadership led by RDCs and CAOs, who will distribute to the sub-county chiefs, to Parish chiefs, who through LC1 chair persons will distribute them in homes.
Proper record will be kept at every level.
For learning of Pre-primary (ECD) and Lower primary (P1-P3) pupils, kindly allow them to enjoy their childhood now by teaching them through songs, play, riddles, reading and writing in both English and their local languages.
Learners in TVET institutions, Tertiary institutions and Universities are ought to research widely on various subjects including economics, social system and Health inventions and Innovations
They ought to research, following their availed course outlines.
However, National Council for Higher Education will work with Universities to ensure continuity for learners.
Teachers, Instructors and lecturers ought to effectively prepare for all the lessons for the current term/semester,to redeem time when institutions reopen.
Heads of Institutions are hereby instructed to give teachers the necessary assistance.
“Finally, we will continue to actively monitor the situation and make further recommendations as guided by Health ministry, President Kaguta Museveni and the National Task force on COVID-19,” she concluded.