By Ason Joel Lwanga
Alice Alaso, the National Coordinator of the Alliance for National Transformation party (ANT) has requested the government of Uganda to find means of reopening schools and places of worship.
Alaso says government should call for position papers from experts in the reopening of schools as time is of essence and school going children need to be rescued from an impending human resource destruction.
While addressing Journalists at the ANT party headquarters on Monday, Alaso said: “The president had no plans whatsoever for the reopening of learning institutions, no plan for an economic stimulus package, no clear articulation of how the health sector had been revamped during the lockdown.”
Alice also assumed that president Museveni is angry at God that is why places of worship have also not been considered for reopening.
“The president also seemed angry with God and decided to keep God’s houses under lock and key. We call for immediate opening of places of worship.”
Alaso is wondering why the government is not reopening schools when UNICEF and UNESCO already called for the re-opening of
” Tertiary or university learners are adults who can follow SOPs.
Whether institutions are open or not they are out in the public already
interacting with the world. The proposal to wait until all children are vaccinated is farfetched and
diversionary, largely owing to vaccine unavailability and specific
vaccine development for children. If medical workers have not been
fully vaccinated up to now, how can anyone imagine that our children
will get the vaccine in time, without losing irredeemable schooltime?” Said Alaso
She urged Uganda to emulate Other countries across the world, including the East African
Community who have their schools open.
THE ANT proposes the following practical solutions.
An immediate resumption for all Candidate classes and Senior One Classes of 2020 country wide within August 2021. Experience has shown that the last time this was done, not much harm or spread was occasioned.
All final year students in all tertiary institutions should resume studies
within August 2021.
of waiting for vaccination for all the school children, Government should increase testing availability and accessibility and community surveillance.
Enhanced inspection and monitoring of schools whereby VHTs, Parents, Association leaders, LCs and volunteers are mandated to monitor observance of SOPs in Schools.
Schools should be a full re-opening in September for the entire education sector, and work with the following recommended methods:
Adopting the shift system to create a fast-tracking arrangement
and reduce congestion.
Take on Saturday as an official learning day for a season of
Syllabus compression for Primary and Secondary Schools.
Hybrid learning where those who can learn online at home be allowed to register for final UNEB exams and those that can be in class have the opportunity prepare at school.
Adoption of a two-season exam calendar by UNEB for all levels, one for May and another for December.
A recall of retired teachers who are still strong and able to bolster manpower needs for class teaching and school inspection.
University and tertiary intakes should also be done at least twice a year.
Innovatively expand learning spaces without building new schools, and here, an appeal can be made to churches, mosques or the Muslim community, and community centres etc to donate their spaces to be used for teaching and learning during the week.
Institute a tracking and re-absorption mechanism for learners who may have already dropped out, gotten pregnant, or lost