KAMPALA — Education Minister Mrs. Janet Museveni has said that her Ministry has secured free learning airtime on radio to engage students that may not have access to online platforms during the coronavirus lockdown.
President Museveni on March 18 ordered the closure of schools across the country in an attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
In a televised address on Saturday, April 04, Mrs. Museveni urged teachers to prepare material for the next terms and remedial work based on lessons that will be carried on local radio stations.
She said that the government will also inform stakeholders about the opening date for schools but, “if all goes according to plan, Term one will open on April 27, 2020, to June 12, 2020”
The Education Minister said term two would open on June 22 to September 4, while term three will begin on 21 September and close on December 19.
All holidays for pre-primary, primary secondary and Universities are to be shortened
Mrs. Museveni also clarified that additional fees should not be charged when Term one resumes and that the end of term exams are suspended.
“When schools reopen it will be a continuation of term one so no extra fees. No tests at the end of term one. That time should be used for studying. Candidates will do one mock examination. External mocks are banned,” the Minister said.
“All online examinations are suspended until we are out of this crisis. Holidays will be shorter to cover for lost time.”
Should the lockdown be prolonged, Mrs. Museveni said the ministry will also communicate and find ways of engaging the learners.