We recall that last year in December, the ministry came up with a new academic calendar that would see learners head back to school in a staggered manner.
However, this was cut short as President Museveni declared a partial lockdown on different sectors of the economy.
Now in a bid to see that students don’t lag behind again, the ministry has hastily designed a new academic program.
Candidate classes of p.7, s.4 and s.6 had all completed their national exams. The semi candidate classes had broken off for the term on 4th June. The rest of the classes were remaining with a few months to end the terms.
This will see learner’s head back to school on 19th June to complete the old academic year.
In the released schedule, P.1, P.2 and P.3 will return to school on 19th July. They will break off on the 3rd of September. P.6 S3 and S.5. S.1 is slated to return to school on the same date but break off three weeks after on the 13th of September.
S.2 is also expected to report on the same date and break off on the 3rd of September.
All the classes will then start the academic year of 2021 on the 20th of September 2021.
The ministry also went ahead to release the schedule of fees payment. S1 and S2 learners who had completed fees will return for classes without paying any additional fees.
P6, S3 and S5 will pay 60% of the standard termly fees because they will be attending a short term of only 7 weeks.
Following this adjustment, the Association of the National Private Educational Institutions Association Uganda appealed to the government to come up with a solution to stop the abrupt closure of schools.
“It seems it’s going to be the order of the day but how have other countries managed to maneuver. How have they managed to live with covid and keep schools open.” Hassan Kirabira the Chairman of the association said.
Meanwhile, the ministry has also encouraged parents to support their children towards online learning.
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