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Cabinet rules out automatic promotion of learners when schools resume

Pupils write their PLE exams.

Pupils write their PLE exams.

Cabinet has ruled out automatic promotion of learners when schools reopen

Instead, promotion to the next class will be based on attendance and continuous assessment of classwork and assignments.

As part of the conditions, the Cabinet on Monday allowed opening schools to non-candidates in a staggered manner that will ensure compliance with Coronavirus prevention protocols.

This means, education institutions will be allowed to operate in a phased manner, which includes studying in shifts, while monitoring and observing the impacts.

The decisions were communicated on Tuesday by Dennis Katungi, the communication and media relations manager at the Uganda Media Centre.

“In order to complete the academic year and ensure progression, the semi-candidate classes (P6, S3, and S5) should report back to school in the short term and study (in shifts where necessary) with the Candidate classes,” he said.

However, Katungi did not mention the exact dates when schools will re-open but said it will be communicated by the education ministry at an appropriate time.

Prior to the re-opening of education institutions, Cabinet ordered education, health, and local government ministries to jointly carry out a massive awareness campaign to enable parents and learners to prepare for the re-opening.

In addition, Cabinet asked academic institutions to emphasise preventive actions for learners and staff on a daily basis as stipulated in the standard operating procedures.

Cabinet also asked education institutions to include training of staff on the standard operating procedures so as to enable the transfer of knowledge to the learners and other workers in the education institutions.

“The standard operating procedures should continuously be reviewed and updated based on the trend of the pandemic and in view of this, the Ministry of Education and Sports and the Ministry of Health will review the standard operating procedures and guidelines in light of the emerging issues before the reopening,” the statement reads.

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