According to the Education Ministry, the Department of Education Standards last inspected schools in September 2021 and the findings indicated that only 30% of schools had pending issues that required action before they qualify to reopen.
Jolly Nyinamariza, a parent in Kamwokya, says that she is still skeptical about the proposed school reopening next month. She explains that prior to the second lockdown she had paid tuition for her two children in upper primary but the government abruptly closed the schools.
Florence Mabaale, the headteacher of Kasubi Family primary school, says the capitation grant cannot be enough to work on all the needs of the school. She said that they are trying to improvise to ensure that the learners get a conducive environment
According to Thomas Kisolo Kitandwe, the headteacher Kampala Quality, the psychosocial support of the learners and teachers is a priority. He explains that in the period of two years both the teacher and the learners have gone through a number of challenges and ignoring the psychosocial well-being will be a mistake. He says the school will be meeting the teachers on December 28, 2021.
According to the ministry of education, UMEME has agreed to give schools a grace period of twelve months in which to pay any outstanding electricity bills. Since the first lockdown, both private and government schools have been lamenting the utility bills and asking the government to intervene.
On the issue of transportation, Dr.Mugimba says the government needs to consult with the school managers to see how the learners can report safely. He says they want to ensure that during the reporting process learners do not spread the virus as they congregate for public means of transport. He says that during the second lockdown covid 19 spread very fast among the learners at the time when they were returning home as schools were closed.
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.
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.
Dr. Robert Ojambo, the spokesperson FASPU says that the National Executive Committee reviewed their decision and resolved not to strike and instead petition the Education Minister to start negotiations before next year in March.
On Monday, the Minister in charge of ICT and National Guidance, Dr. Chris Baryomunisi, 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.
Safeboda is accessed by connecting to a mobile application downloaded from the Google Play store for android phones and the App Store and phones that are powered with iOS technology. For the service to work, one has to open the SafeBoda app, which requires the internet, to type in their destination and request a ride.
Dr Monica Musenero, the Minister for Science and Innovations who is also a member of the national COVID-19 task force, asked all institutions to abide by the President’s guidelines. According to Dr Musenero, the learners were given adequate time to get vaccinated. She insisted that vaccines are accessible in many centres across the country.
Now Loy Muhwezi, the Commissioner Technical, Vocational Education and Training says with the new decentralized type of selection, people have to choose between the TVET and the general education but not the usual placement based on performance.
On Thursday last week, Among notified Members of Parliament that starting this week, they will be required to present Covid-19 vaccination cards to attend sittings. This would include staff and members of the Parliamentary staff.