Authorities yesterday launched a revised college timetable exhibiting it’ll take three years earlier than they stabilise the educational calendar and return to the standing that existed earlier than the Covid-19 pandemic in March final 12 months when all schooling establishments have been closed.
Whereas different lessons will examine just one time period to conclude the 2020 tutorial 12 months in July, the Ministry of Schooling has given particular consideration to sub-candidate lessons of Main Six, Senior Three and Senior 5 who will break off for 2 weeks on Could 21 and return June 7 for a particular time period to cowl the content material that might not be studied throughout the lockdown. Thereafter, they are going to sit exams for promotion to the candidate lessons.
The semi-candidates reported to their respective faculties this week. The revised timetable launched yesterday signifies that the 2020 tutorial 12 months will shut on July 24, 2021, with learners of particular lessons reporting at completely different intervals to permit the required spacing between learners and lecturers on the college.
The primary time period of 2021 tutorial 12 months will start on August 9 and the kids will examine for 12 weeks, breaking off on October 29. The scholars will then come again on November 15 for the Second Time period and examine for one more 12 weeks which can spill over into subsequent 12 months and shut the time period on February 4, 2022. The Third Time period will begin on February 21, 2022 and finish on Could 2, 2022.
The 2022 tutorial 12 months will then begin on Could 16, 2022 and finish on August 5, 2022. College students will then report again for Second Time period on August 22, 2022 and break off on November 16, 2022. The Third Time period will begin on January 2, 2023 and cease on March 24, 2023.
For 2023 calendar, April 10, 2023, would be the reopening date for faculties for First Time period, which can finish on June 30, 2023.
Second Time period will begin on July 17, 2023, and finish on October 6, 2023. Third Time period will likely be shorter in comparison with the opposite phrases with eight weeks ranging from November 23, 2023, and shutting on December 22, 2023.
Right here, the Ministry of Schooling hopes to have recovered the content material missed within the 2020 tutorial 12 months when faculties abruptly closed over the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Alex Kakooza, the ministry’s everlasting secretary, warned schooling establishments to strictly comply with the revised tutorial calendar with particular wants faculties allowed to totally function for so long as they’ve services that may accommodate their enrolment with the advisable two-metre social distance between learners.
“We might get well a part of what we lose within the curriculum on the subsequent cycle,” Mr Kakooza informed journalists at Uganda Media Centre in Kampala. “We count on that they will not lose out. We will guarantee that the crucial ideas are lined,” he added.
Mr Ismail Mulindwa, the fundamental schooling director and the ministry’s Covid-19 taskforce chairperson, stated they’ve proposed a particular time period to allow the semi-candidates cowl the syllabus. He stated different lessons will examine for less than eight weeks whereas the semi-candidates will keep in school for 14 weeks.
Mr Kakooza additionally revealed that they’d acquired a request from Ministry of Well being to submit a listing of lecturers who will profit from the federal government’s First Section vaccination plan in opposition to Covid-19.
In a separate interview, Mr Mulindwa informed Every day Monitor that they’re concentrating on about 550,000 lecturers and warned that solely those that are in lively service will likely be vaccinated. He, nonetheless, did not say how the eligible lecturers will likely be chosen for the reason that first Covid-19 vaccine doses will likely be administered on Monday and can’t cowl all of the lecturers without delay.
Mr Kakooza requested faculties to have interaction with the dad and mom for the tutoring reimbursement schedule after it was reported that many establishments are denying learners entry to highschool premises earlier than clearing excellent charges.
“Schooling establishments shall not improve charges from what was charged for first time period 2020. Assessment annual work plans and budgets to realign them with altering programmes and priorities. Colleges ought to keep away from implementing main infrastructure improvement and asset acquisition budgets which are funded from dad and mom’ contributions,” Mr Kakooza stated.
He requested the general public to report any college which doesn’t adjust to the rules. On faculties which have requested dad and mom of youngsters in decrease lessons to ship them earlier than their scheduled time, Mr Kakooza stated it’s unlawful however didn’t specify the sanctions in opposition to them.
College surveillance has been emphasised on this phased reopening with heads of colleges requested to report updates on Covid-19 to their respective districts day by day.
As faculties reopened, homeowners and directors warned that the Covid-19 preventive measures set by the federal government have proved tough to implement.
This got here as faculties acquired semi-candidate lessons on Monday after a 12 months of closure.
A Every day Monitor survey of some college in Kampala and throughout the nation reveals that quite a lot of faculties are unable to implement the Ministry of Well being advisable Customary Working Procedures (SOPs), particularly the two-metre social distancing in lecture rooms and dormitories.
Sources, who declined to be named, stated throughout their conferences, the pinnacle lecturers agreed to proceed working usually as soon as they’re reopened as a result of authorities’s calls for required recruiting extra lecturers and establishing extra buildings.