Ugandan students to return to school in July

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A member of staff has her temperature measured before entering a school in Kampala, Uganda, Oct. 15, 2020. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said on Sept. 20 that schools, colleges and universities will reopen for the 1.2 million students in candidate classes and finalists in tertiary colleges and universities on Oct. 15. (Photo by Hajarah Nalwadda/Xinhua)
A member of staff has her temperature measured before entering a school in Kampala, Uganda, Oct. 15, 2020. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said on Sept. 20 that schools, colleges and universities will reopen for the 1.2 million students in candidate classes and finalists in tertiary colleges and universities on Oct. 15. (Photo by Hajarah Nalwadda/Xinhua)

Ugandan students are expected to return to school on July 19 to complete the academic year, this is according to the revised calendar released on Wednesday.

President Museveni on Sunday closed all institutions of learning, less than a month after Senior One and Senior Two learners had reported back to school.

Semi-candidate classes and P.1 to P.3 were slated to return to school on June 7 for their promotional term of the 2020 academic year.

Now the circular by the ministry’s permanent secretary, Alex Kakooza, indicates that they plan to reopen schools for learners who had not completed their 2020 academic year  on July 19.

This means that P.1, P.2 and P.3 pupils, who have spent one year and two months at home, are expected to report on July 19 and break off on September 3.

The semi-candidates (P.6, S.3, and S.5) will also report on July 19 and break off on August 3. S.1 and S.2 students are expected to report on July 19 and break off on August 13 and September 3, respectively.

All the students reporting on July 19 will study for about one-and-a-half months, sit for promotional exams, and will start the 2021 academic year on September 20 with P.4  and P.5 learners who had completed their promotional exams before schools were closed.

“To ensure equity in the provision of education in the country, no school shall carry out promotions outside the above official timetables on the pretext that some learners attended private lessons and are, therefore, ahead of the rest,”  Kakooza said.

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