KAMPALA — The Ministry of Education and Sports has schools can operate both day and boarding sections as they reopen for semi-candidate classes, relaxing the earlier restriction of only boarding section.
According to new COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs released on Sunday, February 28, 2021, the ministry said that a school can operate as day and boarding but limit the physical interaction of the learners.
“A school categorized officially as day and boarding may operate as such…or may opt to operate as day. A school that chooses to operate as day and boarding shall make arrangements to ensure that the two categories of learners do not interact physically,” the guidelines read in part.
The ministry has, however, advised institutions with a large number of learners to split them into the morning and afternoon shifts. In the guidelines, the Ministry also advises schools to improvise safe temporary shelters such as tents and open-air such as tree shades for some classes.
Over the weekend, several schools across the country, started receiving back students in the sub-candidate classes of Primary Six, Senior Three and Senior Five, ahead of the official opening today. This group of learner will study for 14 weeks before breaking off in May 2021.
P.4 and P.5 will report to school on April 6 studying for 8 weeks and break off on June 21 to allow lower primary classes to report and use the school facilities. P.1, P.2 and P.3 learners will report back on June 7, study for eight weeks, which will end on July 24.