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MUSEVENI: Schools to reopen after all teenagers vaccinated

Minister of education and sports Janet Museveni released UNEB O Level results. Later in the day, President Museveni confirmed schools will remain closed.

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The government is considering the vaccination of learners aged between 12 and 18, as one of the means to ensure safety and sustainable resumption of teaching and learning activities.

The idea, according to Janet Kataha Museveni, the Minister in charge of Education and Sports, is part of the plan developed by the education COVID-19 response committee and the national task force on COVID-19 disease, to control the possible surge of infections among school going children.

First Lady Janet Museveni announced this while releasing the 2020 UCE examination results. Going by the available statistics, the government will vaccinate over 1.8 million learners spread from primary six to post-secondary institutions. She says that once implemented, schools will become safe places for both learners and teachers.

This was also re-echoed by President Yoweri Museveni during the national address on COVID-19 Friday night.

Museveni said that the government has already agreed to the idea and directed the Ministry of Health to follow up on the matter and include it in their plans. He said that the plan will be boosting the earlier planned vaccination of 440,000 teachers and non-teaching staff who had not received their COVID-19 jab in the first phase.

Teacher on blackboard. PHOTO PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools)

President Museveni says that schools will not reopen not until a sizeable number of learners, teachers, and non-teaching staff have received at least one jab.

He, however, adds that the education ministry and their health counterparts should work out a plan that will see the reopening for medical students since they are categorized as health workers thus being essential.

The government will have to vaccinate at least 2.24 million people to have schools reopened. But, the achievement of this objective will depend entirely on the availability and supply of vaccines.

Uganda currently expects a supply of about 3.6 million COVID19 vaccines. Of these, 1.6 million vaccines are donations from China, the united states, Norway, and the United Kingdom while the rest have been ordered by the government all expected to be received between August and September.

Although earlier expectations by officials in the education ministry put school reopening around September to enable learners to finish off the 2020 school calendar, this new development currently leaves no possible clue on the resumption of teaching-learning activities.

Recently the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) that reopening schools cannot wait for all teachers and students to be vaccinated warning on the enormous effects of the continued schools’ closure in a country that cannot support remote learning.

READ MUSEVENI FULL SPEECH HERE >>> H.E. SPEECH ON COVID 19 RESPONSE AS 30 JULY 2021-converted

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17 comments

  1. Gosh! According to Goverment Statistics there are approximately 15 million or so school going children/teenagers! At the rate we are going , considering only 0.8% of the population has been innoculated in a period of a year, it will require 15 years to achieve this herculean task, assuming nothing magical happens!

    Your guess is as good mine, Uganda is a Shithole country with all the perks of an “idiot” at the helm!

  2. KABI MUZAFARU ISABIRYE

    Me am a private teacher at VICTORY JUNIOR SCHOOL in Jinja City, my view would be let the gov’t vaccinate we teachers and emphasize boarding sections b’se teachers are almost dying in the rooms jst b’se of hunger and lack of money.

  3. Welikhe Anthony.

    Vaccination before reopening impossible and wasting children’s time and future because if vaccination before means even all parents should be as these same children will carry the virus home if it occurs at school, so better open schools as we slowly take up vaccinatoin.

  4. Why don’t u first open up the candidates class

    • So if they open up candidate class what of s1, s2 and others!? What they need to do is to open and we finish our previous class then we go back next year well prepared and in new class to leave room for those who have finished uneb. Isn’t that cool?

  5. Opening candidate classes is in possible
    because lower children also need to promote

  6. After vacation of the so called 1.8 teenagers for school to be reopened,there already other students who have not even been promoted to other classes like those in p6,s3 and s5, so how will the government fix back the students that had already done their UNEB exams back to those classes when even those in such classes haven’t been promoted to the next classes

  7. My question is why our government not open for us the school we are tired of stay home.

  8. Tumusiime Robert

    Am Robert the director Excel junior school in Kyegegwa how sure will the government know that all children are vaccinated in rural areas?

  9. For me I have seen that this covid has become abusiness for task forces bse it wasn’t necessary for the government to close schools if they are planning to reopen schools before all learner’s,trs and even the whole community is vaccinated ,the best idea is to wait until the whole risk population is vaccinated as reopening may call for another lockdown 😂🤣 which is a loss to parents paying school fees many times

  10. Schools and other institution should be open up because Uganda is not having adequate dose of Vaccines, so the Ministry of Education and Sport should find out another alternative means for Reopening Schools rather than waiting for Vaccines. Even we are losing more of our girls in early marriage, I urge the Education sectors to come up and find right solution for schools reopening.

  11. No experimental non-vaccines for my kids… Bye 👋🏾 #SayNoToHumanGuineaPigs

  12. Loans and grants Africa states took from out due to covid saga is the big issue.They’d strings on them. Africa member states now are being challenged to comply with them and keeping their own people to suffer the consequences. In Ethiopia, in 2020 only schools closed for 2 months in the last two months towards the enclosure of their academic year. Immediately, when the academic year 2020/2021 Sept. came schools were reopened till end of academic yearJuly 2021. I do appreciate the govt of this nation for the work done to make it happen for their youth at school. No vaccines were give in by that time but the govt made it happen. Only measures of prevention were exercised till now. No parent, student, and teacher complains so far and all things are normal and the nation’s life normal. Fellow Ugandan, the govt in particular wake up. That’s what I could share the rest is in your hands.

  13. Loans and grants Africa states took from out due to covid saga is the big issue.They’d strings on them. Africa member states now are being challenged to comply with them and keeping their own people to suffer the consequences. In Ethiopia, in 2020 only schools closed for 2 months in the last two months towards the enclosure of their academic year. Immediately, when the academic year 2020/2021 Sept. came schools were reopened till the end of academic yearJuly 2021. I do appreciate the govt of this nation for the work done to make it happen for their the youth at school. No vaccines were given in by that time but the govt made it happen. Only measures of prevention were exercised till now. No parent, student, and teacher complains so far and all things are normal and the nation’s life normal. Fellow Ugandans,the govt in particular wake up. That’s what I could share the rest is in your hands.

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