December 7, 2021

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Let unvaccinated students study via zoom- Nganda

FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda

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On Monday, November 1st, universities and other tertiary institutions opened their doors to students after the latest lockdown.

The FDC welcomed the re-opening of universities.

The Minister for Education and her team must be in the field identifying problems and providing solutions, said FDC spokesperson, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda.

“We hope the inaccessible and very busy wife of the President will juggle her duties as First Lady and Education Minister and find time to attend to the re-opening institutions.”

He said it is clear that there is no plan and what Mr. Museveni and his wife are doing is just announcing of dates.

“The country must be told how many students, teachers and support staff are  involved in university education. How many of them have so far been vaccinated and a plan to have the rest vaccinated. In fact, vaccination teams should be stationed at the entrance of each university to vaccinate returning students, teachers and support staff.”

According to Nganda, students who refuse to be vaccinated should be encouraged to attend classes through zoom because this is their choice.

Museveni and wife should release a detailed plan of helping students from poor families with tuition, he noted.

Usually universities demand full payment before exams. That rigid policy cannot work under this Covid 19 situation.

The Minister for Education can use the budget that has been allocated to her ministry in the last two years of lockdowns to help parents. Parents who pay fees must fully be briefed.

“We expect Museveni’s wife to be moving from radio to radio explaining her plan. Short of that, the country might be plunged in the chaos that engulfed the Entebbe International Airport at the introduction of mandatory Covid testing for all arriving passengers.”

“What about students from other countries such as Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Congo and South Sudan. Are they allowed to access our universities and under what Covid arrangement. All these issues must be addressed.”

“We demand for a similar plan for the re-opening of the rest of the schools in January. Mr. Museveni and his wife must prepare the country adequately and early enough. There are many schools that have been sold. Many teachers who have abandoned teaching and some are in the Middle East working as domestic workers. Some school buildings have collapsed. Parents laid down from their work places because of Covid and have no money to pay fees need help. These issues must be addressed. We demand that a comprehensive plan be issued and debated by the country through Parliament,” Nganda concluded.

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