Re-opening of schools, colleges in Uganda still on hold: official

A member of staff has her temperature measured before entering a school in Kampala, Uganda, Oct. 15, 2020, Hajarah Nalwadda/Xinhua
FILE PHOTO: A member of staff has her temperature measured before entering a school in Kampala, Uganda. (Photo by Hajarah Nalwadda/Xinhua)

Schools and institutions of higher learning in Uganda will remain closed as the country grapples with a surge in COVID-19 cases, a senior government official said on Monday.

Alex Kakooza, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education and Sports, tweeted that only candidate classes and finalists in institutions of higher learning are open.

The rest will wait until the government reaches a decision on when to re-open, he said.

“Contrary to media reports, the government has not yet agreed upon the re-opening of schools and higher institutions of learning for non-candidate classes,” Kakooza said.

In October last year, Uganda re-opened candidate classes, seven months after the government closed all schools, colleges and universities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of Saturday, the country had a cumulative total of 39,149 COVID-19 cases, 13,861 recoveries and 317 deaths.

Uganda reported its first COVID-19 case on March 21, 2020