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SCHOOLS: Senior 1s finally get to study again

FILE PHOTO: Most pupils back at school.

▶ S1 – April 12
▶ S2 – May 31
▶ P1, P2 & P3 – June 7

✳ April 12- May 3 ▶ UACE exams

📌 3-year plan to harmonize school calendar

✳ Terms 12 weeks
✳ Holidays 15-17 days
✳ No exams
✳ 2021 starts August 9
✳ 2022 starts May 16
✳ 2023 starts April 10
✳ 2024 starts February

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The students most affected by the closure of schools a year ago, are the Senior One students, who were still in orientation when government announced nationwide lockdown because of COVID-19 in March 2020.

The nightmare ends for them today, when they start reporting back to school as the Ministry of Education and Sports continues its phased re-opening of the sector.  They will study for 14 weeks, ending July 3.

With Primary 7 candidates having finished their PLE exams, the schools should have more room to comply with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to control the spread of COVID-19.

The P4 and P5s now join the semi-candidates who returned last month. The Primary 1, 2 and 3 pupils will be the last to rejoin on June 7, after the  semi-candidates of P6 get their holidays. The pupils of P4 and P5 will also have completed, so the schools will be occupied by only Primary 1, 2 and 3s from June 7.

The schedule released in February by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education and Sports Alex Kakooza, will ensure the academic calendar 2020-21 ends in July.

“The dates indicated on this calendar may only be varied after obtaining written permission, on an individual basis,” PS Kakooza said.

PS Education Alex Kakooza

“Please note that academic year 2020 for primary schools, secondary schools and post primary education institutions will end in July 2021. Thereafter, a comprehensive school calendar for 2021 academic year, as well as a strategy for recovery of lost time, will be issued. Progression to the next class will be based on attendance and continuous assessment of class work and assignments.”

Semi-candidates were first back to school

First to report back when school resumed, were Primary 6, Senior 3 and 5  on March 1, 2021. They will study for 14 weeks and break off on May 21, 2021.

Primary 4 and 5 will study for eight weeks and break off on June 4, to allow lower primary classes to report back and use the school facilities.

Primary 1, 2 and 3 who report back on June 7, 2021 and study for eight weeks, which will end on July 24th.

Senior 1 will report back on April 12 and study for 14 weeks, ending July 3.

Senior 2s report back May 31, after S3 and S5 classes break off and will study for 10 weeks, ending July 24.


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