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“Schools Can’t Follow SOPs Given By Government,” Education Experts

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Following the outbreak of coronavirus in the country,many sectors have been greatly affected and with no doubt the education sector is one them. This is because schools have been closed since March.

As one of way of providing solutions for the schools to reopen, government has proposed a number of standard operating procedures with the aimed to protect students from the pandemic.

Unfortunately, Education experts assert that schools cannot respect the Ministry of Health instituted Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Filbert Baguma, the Secretary-General of the teachers’ union-UNATU, said even though they all agree that continued closure could undo gains made in education – teachers are in a dilemma with the reality that applying social distancing alone is impossible as this will not only require more infrastructure in terms of classrooms but also more teachers.

The Ministry of Health has dispatched teams to consult with District Education Officers (DEOs) to assess the status of schools and discuss strategies for safe opening. 

In addition to these, researchers at the Makerere University School of Education have also embarked on a study to examine interventions that will help students study without having to converge.

But, experts who were attending a meeting to discuss educational leadership and management said e-learning, printed reading materials and instruction over the radio as were promoted as alternatives were not well thought out, are not equitable and a waste of resources. Baguma gave radio instruction as an example of a failed intervention.



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Museveni Address Rescheduled To Sunday

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The Presidential Address on COVID-19 has been postponed to Sunday, September 20, 8pm according to Senior Presidential Press Secretary, Don Wanyama.

Wanyama through his Twitter said: “Good people, the Presidential Address on COVID-19 has been rescheduled to Sunday, September 20th, at 8pm. It will be live on TVs and radios. Asante,” Mr. Wanyama tweeted.

This week, the President summoned a special cabinet meeting to determine the future of learners and other sectors such as bars, sports and music events.

Last week, there were reports that schools, especially candidate classes are set to reopen for the second term that will end in mid-December, and that third term was to begin in January or February, whereas UNEB exams are to be written in March or April 2021.

However, Minister for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and National Guidance, Judith Nabakooba urged the public to ignore these kinds of reports that are speculating about the reopening of academic institutions.

Nabakooba said that only President Yoweri Museveni has the mandate to reopen schools and all other institutions that were closed as a measure to combat the spread of the Coronavirus.

“The mandate to guide the nation on the reopening of schools and other institutions is with His Excellency the President of Uganda,”

“When it comes to the national COVID-19 response, I want to call upon Ugandans to be calm and ignore some of the speculative messages regarding the reopening of public institutions.”

The Ministry of Education was the first to dismiss the reports as being untrue and asked parents to disregard the same.

In total, Uganda’s health ministry has to-date declared 5,594 Coronavirus cases, of whom over 61 have died and 2,544 have recovered.



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Uganda’s Kiplimo Wins 3000m Race In Rome

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First rising long-distance runner Jacob Kiplimo is back in the headlines again after he won 3000m at the Diamond League in Rome, Italy.

Just weeks after winning the 5000m at the Golden Spike Meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic, the son of the land registered a time of 7:16:64 to beat Norway’s pre-race favourite Jakob Ingebrigtsen at the Stadio Olympico in Rome, Italy in the men’s 3000m final during the IAAF Diamond League competition.

This comes a week after an exceptional record-breaking performance at the 59th Ostrava Golden Spike in the Czech Republic last week, where he set a new meet record over the 5000m distance clocking 12:48.63.

Kiplimo’s record in Rome over the seven-and-a-half-lap distance broke Australia’s Ryan Gregson’s meet record of 7:42.19.

Fellow athlete, Joshua Cheptegei has joined many Ugandans to congratulate Kiplimo upon his achievements.

“Huge congratulations to my colleague Jacob kiplimo upon running the 6th fastest all time over 3000m in Rome with a time of 7:26, running a world lead, national record, the future is indeed bright.”



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214 New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed As Death Toll Rises To 61

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