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Schools re-open for finalists, only 400 cleared in Kampala

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Schools re-open for finalists, only 400 cleared in Kampala

Students in over 400 schools around Kampala are showing up for classes on Thursday morning after at least 7 months following clearance to reopen for the candidate classes.

The clearance came after an inspection by the Education and Sports Ministry in collaboration with Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA. 

According to Juliet Namuddu the Director of Education and Social Services in KCCA, the authorized schools have fulfilled the guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs declared by the government through Ministry of health with the aim of protecting learners from contracting COVID-19 while at school.   

Namuddu added that the schools will receive their certificates from the Directorate of Education Standards-DES Thursday morning proving that they have been cleared to reopen.

Over 150 schools are yet to be inspected, something she blames on inadequate manpower at the Authority.    

Namuddu also noted they will conduct a fresh round of inspection for schools that have been inspected and failed to score the required 60 percent mark and above after clearing those that have qualified.

She advised parents to demand that school administrators show a certificate of compliance to ascertain whether they have been cleared to operate a day or boarding school as they work on releasing the list of approved school on Monday next week.

President Yoweri Museveni allowed schools to reopen today October 15, 2020 for candidate classes as government figures out a way, to fully open the school year.

Schools are expected to maintain social distancing, sanitizing and both teachers and students must wear face masks at all time.

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