Nabakooba who was first to advise Ugandans to disregard any information about school reopening called for calmness.
Minister for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and National Guidance, Judith Nabakooba has refuted claims of school reopening any time soon insisting that it’s only the President to determine when they will be reopened.
In recent weeks, a couple of reports have been reporting the Education ministry to have decided to reopen schools from September 20 with students expected to return to school in phases.
The speculations arose following a meeting between the national Covid-19 taskforce and President Museveni on September 01. In the reports, it was pinpointed that the Minister of Education had written to that of Finance on September 02 to release capitation grants for the Third Term to enable schools to prepare for reopening of candidate classes.
‘’It has been brought to my attention that the capitation grants for Third Term 2020 were not released to the schools in July because the institutions were still closed. On account of the position taken in the above-stated meeting, this is, therefore, to request you to cause the release of funds to the beneficiary schools to prepare for the phased reopening of schools, “ part of the report read.
Adding; “It will be done in phases. Two or three weeks after candidates have reported, the ministry will assess the situation and if everything is fine, a second lot will be added, another one will also follow up. In the end, all students will be at school.’’
However, while addressing a press conference on Sunday at the Ministry of ICT offices in Kampala, Minister Nabakooba refuted the claims highlighting that it is only President Museveni who is mandated to declare when and what criteria schools will consider while reopening.
Nabakooba who was first to advise Ugandans to disregard any information about school reopening called for calmness urging that government has not forgotten about businesses and activities that are yet to reopen but rather they are still monitoring on how best they can do it to avoid making mistakes.
“The mandate to guide the nation on the reopening of schools and other institutions is with His Excellency the President of Uganda. When it comes to the national Covid-19 response, I want to call upon Ugandans to be calm and ignore some of the speculative messages regarding the reopening of public institutions,” Nabakooba said.
“The President will very soon come out to address the country about the progress being made but I ask everyone to remain calm as we wait.’’