KAMPALA – The Ministry of Education and Sports has released a detailed academic calendar, indicating that P1, P2 and P3 classes will return to school on June 7, 2021.
S.1 will report back on 12th April 2021 and study for 14 weeks, ending on 3rd July, while S.2 will report back on 31st May 2021, after S.3 and S.5 classes break off and will study for 10 weeks, ending on 24th July 2021.
The development is contained in a February 9, 2021 letter by the Ministry Permanent Secretary, Alex Kakooza to all the University Vice Chancellors, all LC5 chairpersons, Resident District Commissioners, KCCA Executive Director, District Education Officers, district education inspectors among other stakeholders in the education sector.
According to the letter, semi candidate classes of P6, S.3 and S.5 will report back to school on March 1, 2021 as earlier communicated by President Museveni.
“P4 and P5 will report back on 6th April after PLE examinations which end on 31st March 2021. They will study for 8 weeks and break off on 4th June 2021 to allow lower primary classes to report back and use the school facilities,” Kakooza announced.
Students in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Institutions, Primary Teachers Colleges (PTCs) and National Teachers Colleges (NTCs) shall report back starting on 1st March 2021, and follow a shift system to ensure that COVID-19 SOPs are strictly observed.
Universities and other tertiary institutions shall reopen in a phased manner, starting 1st March 2021.
“The face to face sessions should be conducted in shifts, and should be prioritized for courses and course units that require practical hands on and laboratory work,” said Kakooza.
The 2020 academic year for primary schools, secondary schools and post primary education institutions will end in July 2021.
“Thereafter, a comprehensive school calendar for the 2021 academic year, as well as strategy for recovery of lost time, will be issued,” Kakooza announced.