ministry education starts issuing reopening schools
Ministry of Education starts issuing operational licenses to schools ahead of reopening. FILE PHOTO

The Ministry of Education has started clearing those schools and institution that have passed all the tests ahead of reopening. The practice includes issuing operational licenses.

Following a directive from President Museveni to have schools reopened from 15th October, the Ministry of Education has started clearing those schools that have passed all the tests ahead of reopening.

According to a Monday statement from the education ministry, they will not sympathize with any schools that fail to match the required Standard Operating Procedures aimed at minimizing the spread of the Covid-19.

The Ministry last month released a list of guidelines to be taken into action by schools if they are to be issued operation licenses. Among others, the education ministry said that they expect schools to have handwashing facilities in place, temperature guns, sanitizers, Covid-19 committees as well as proper spacing of students in both the classrooms and dormitories.

Also, the Ministry said that each school will be required to maintain a population of about 15 students in each classroom with learners sitting at least two meters away from each other.

Further, the learners will be mandated to wear a mask during lessons and all classrooms must have access to good ventilation with schools also required to carry out regular disinfection of all surfaces including desks and washrooms. 

According to the Ministry’s Commissioner for Secondary Education, Kule Baritazale, they have started clearing and issuing operational licenses to schools and institutions of learning that have been compliant in a bid to ensure proper safety of students, staff and visitors.

“As we plan to reopen schools for candidates on October, 15, the Ministry of Education and Sports is mindful of the safety of the learners, staff and visitors to the institutions. The ministry through the Directorate of Education Standards has therefore organized to inspect the institutions before the learners of candidate classes report,’’ 

“Institutions that will satisfy the basic requirements as indicated in the guidelines will be issued with Compliance Certificates and allowed to reopen,’’ Baritazale stressed adding that the inspection is carried out by officials from the education ministry and those from the local government who will properly identify themselves to the school heads.

ministry education starts issuing reopening schools
Ministry of Education starts issuing operational licenses to schools ahead of reopening. FILE PHOTO

Meanwhile, he supported President Museveni’s decision to have only the finalists at each level of education first resume studies before the rest of the group joins them. Mr Baritazale explained that this will create room for social distancing among the students.

‘’They are only 1.5 million which represents only 10% of the total number of 15 million learners in the country. Each group will have a bigger space for social distancing. If they follow Standard Operating Procedures, they will be safe. The cost of waiting any further is very high because of the jam of transition.”

”If the batch of 2020 don’t move on, what will happen to the batch of 2021? We can’t afford to have both in 2021. It can be done safely if people follow SOPs,’” Baritazale explained.