UGANDA SCHOOLS REOPEN AFTER TWO YEARS OF COVID CLOSURE
Children in Uganda have expressed their gratitude at finally returning to school nearly two years after they were closed because of Covid.
After one of the world’s longest school closures, authorities warned at least 30% of students may never return.
Some have started work, while others have become pregnant or had early marriages said the country’s national planning authority.
Some classes reopened in October 2020 temporarily, but closed again in May and June of the following year.
While schools were closed, there have been some lessons on the radio, Television and newspapers while some schools have provided printed materials, although these have not reached everyone.
Well off Ugandans have also been able to access tutors and online classes but many children have not been to school for about 22 months.
Pupils who have not had any education since March 2020 will resume classes a year above where they were before the pandemic. However, some parents in the capital city, Kampala, questioned this.
For those students who have not accessed any form of studying during the pandemic, the form of studying during the pandemic, the curriculum will be abridged to focus on core areas and give them a chance to catch up.
Authorities instructed that health and safety measures like face masks and social distancing should be in place.
It is not only learners who will struggle, also many parent’s incomes were hit by the pandemic, and some will find it difficult to raise money for tuition fees and other requirements.
Strictest lockdowns is now moving to fully reopen the economy despite being at the start of its third wave of the pandemic driven by the Omicron variant.
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