Universities announce dates for reopening for finalists

Mbarara University of Science and Technology has set June 8 as the date for the reopening.

Universities countrywide have started setting dates for reopening and putting in place various safety measures to welcome back the finalists next month.

President Museveni, who ordered the closure of all institutions of learning in March due to the outbreak of Covid-19, said schools will be allowed to open on June 4 but for only finalists.

Mr Museveni instructed the Ministry of Education to come up with guidelines for reopening schools across the country.

However, some universities have moved ahead of the Ministry of Education and set their dates for reopening as they await specific operating procedures (SOPs) that will be issued by the ministry.

Makerere University has set June 20 for reopening.

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Makerere University Main Building. The University has set June 20 as reopening date

Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) has set June 8 as the date for the reopening.

The deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Prof Nixon Kamukama, said they have received a list of all final year students, including 80 international students, who did not go back to their home countries.

“As guided by the Ministry of Education, the university will open for lectures on Monday, June 8, and close on August 7. The tentative time tables have been drafted and will be shared on email.”

Kyambogo University Vice Chancellor Eli Katunguka said they plan to open on June 20 or June 28, adding that this will depend on two meetings of the top management and Senate that will be held next week.

Prof Katunguka said the university instituted a Covid-19 task force to study the situation and present the report to the institution today.

“We are also working to get all the details and numbers of our learners so that we ensure that social distancing among them is maintained. Once all these SOPs have been put in place, the university will ready to welcome the finalists,” he said.

He, however, wondered how students, especially those upcountry and in border districts where private and private transport is restricted, will travel.

Ms Lilian Gimuguni, the academic registrar of Busitema University, said the university will be open on June 13 as approved by the university council.
“They will study from June 15 to July 27 then do exams for two weeks,” Ms Gimuguni said yesterday.

Additional reporting by Daily Monitor


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