Findings of the study show that 10 percent of P.6 learners and 13 percent of S.3 learners did not return to school. Gender-wise, the proportion of P.6 girls (eight percent) who did not return to school was significantly lower compared to the boys at 10.2 percent.
The loss according to the report titled; The State of the Global Education Crisis: A Path to Recovery report published by World Bank-UNESCO-UNICEF, is equivalent to about 14 percent of today’s global Gross Domestic Product-GDP.
Although President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni stated last month that the economy will reopen with or without vaccination come January 2022, the Education ministry insists that the vaccination response will determine the reopening to avoid closure when schools reopen.
Schools in Uganda have remained closed for over 80 weeks, which is the longest school closure recorded across the world, yet the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown which led to the closure of schools is projected to worsen the already waning learning outcomes in the country.
Recently the Minister in charge of ICT and National Guidance, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi said that the Cabinet had resolved all Universal Primary (UPE) and Secondary Schools (USE) to stop charging learners any fees as schools reopen in January next year. But parents, headteachers and local leaders have asked the government not to abolish the PTA fees until it's able to fund the schools adequately.
In 2013, the government came up with the school feeding and nutrition guidelines that were aimed to improve the child's health, nutrition and education performance. However, this is yet to be implemented.
On average 32,000 teenage pregnancies have been reported every month during the COVID-19 outbreak in Uganda. The total number of recorded pregnancies is five times the number of cumulative COVID-19 positive cases that have been reported since 2020
Kibiina reveals that some reputable tourism agencies have been denying him high-profile clients, citing low levels of literacy and etiquette to suit their tastes and preferences in the modern adventure and leisure services industry, however, with a certificate in social work, he hopes to break such barriers.
Nkwanga notes that charity has been a lifelong passion for him in that after making close to 100 job applications in vain, he resolved to take care of children that had lost parents during the Covid-19 crisis.
Representatives of the students have since September this year been demanding payment of additional living out allowances for what they describe as an extended period of the second-semester academic calendar.
During their mediation meeting on Tuesday, the Principal Mbale District Human Resource Officer, Anthony Wabomba told the teachers that they were wrongly recruited and that their posting letters are fake.
It is expected that educational institutions will re-open in January 2022, after nearly two years of closure, according to an announcement made by President Yoweri Museveni in September. Since then, the education ministry has promised to release a revised school calendar and roadmap to the pre-reopening activities in vain.
Daniel Kabanda, the Chairperson Headteachers and Teachers Association in Katabi Town Council says the hub is timely for both learners and teachers.
Nabawanuka is urging the town council authorities and teachers to safeguard the hub and ensure all teachers and pupils benefit from using it.