Minister Janet Museveni suspended pre-primary teaching due to worries that the act could expose young children to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataaha Museveni has said that there will be no more Nursery / Kindergarten school until the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
While addressing journalists on how schools should reopen for students in non-candidate classes, Janet Kataaha Museveni the education minister said that instead of having to go through the baby, middle, top classes, pupils will now have to start school from primary one at least five years of age.
The education minister said that this has been done to deter young children from contracting the coronavirus.
She urged parents more so those who are in the right mind to do so, to nurture their children through some basics taught in nursery schools as they shape them for early primary studies.
“Parents can do this play-learning at home. Nursery school is not worth endangering these very young children and exposing them to COVID-19. Besides, the P1 teachers know how to teach these children even when they haven’t gone to Kindergarten,” Janet Museveni said.
Also, she said that schools majoring in nursery teaching will remain closed and non-operational because it is hard to enforce pupils in such age brackets to abide by the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures including wearing of masks and maintaining social distance.
“Most of them are day schools with a lot of interactions between schools (pupils and teachers) and parents, there is also a high incidence of upper respiratory infections among this age,” the minister added.
Meanwhile, the Minister disclosed dates on which students in semi candidates classes should start reporting back for completion of their academic year. Janet said that students in P6, S3, and S5 will start school from 01 March 2021 and close on 21 May 2021.
She said that these will study for three months and in shifts if possible.
“Given that PLE will be completed on 31st March 2021 and UCE on 6th April 2021, there will be more space in schools, when candidates leave, this will enable other classes to return and study to complement the homeschooling that they are currently having,” Janet explained.
The Minister further, noted that these students will not be stressed to examinations citing that promotion to the next class or level will be based on attendance and continuous assessments.
Meanwhile, on universities and institutions of learning, the Minister said that these should also resume from March 01 provided they observe all the SOPs in place.
”Technical institutions, Primary Teachers College and the National Teachers College have also been allowed to open in the short run because these have the necessary enlightenment and equipment to enable them to learn safely.”