KAMPALA – After 7 years of service, GEMS Cambridge International School, Kampala (CIK) has announced it will close shop effective December 31,2020.
Mr Riz Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer GEMS Africa, revealed the “very difficult” decision has a been a result of the CKVID-19 pandemic that has affected everyone/everything around the world.
“The pandemic and the resulting uncertainties have proved exceptionally testing, and our enrollment numbers have been severely impacted as well as our ability to sustain our operations, despite our best efforts,” he said in a statement dated August 25.
According to Ahmed, the school will close after the first term of the new academic year.
He further empasised that the decision has been a hard one to make and it came as their last resort.
“Over the summer period, we have been assessing the impact of the pandemic whilst exploring options with our regulators,” said Ahmed.
He added that they have communicated early after exhausting all options, “we know it will cause significant disruption to you and your family,and we will do whatever we can to lessen the impact and ensure the upcoming transition is as smooth and seamless as possible- both for you and our students and parents.”
Ahmed advised their students to remain with them through term one with the option of enrolling in the remote learning offering at Hillcrest international School in Nairobi either now or at the start of term two.
He also said they very much intend to continue working with their staff until the closure if the school and promised to assist them with the next steps in their education career.
“For the remainder of your employment and during your notice period, you will be paid at the full rate of your salary as per your employment contract,” reads an excerpt.