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Students Face Mandatory Covid Testing as Schools Reopening

As the Education sector prepares to reopen on Friday 15th October, different schools have already set strict rules which parents must fulfil before their children are admitted.

According to school authorities, this has been done to prevent the spread of Covid19 amongst students, teachers and lecturers.

Prominent amongst the guidelines is the Covid19 certificate which every student must present to the school administration on day of arrival.

Parents as such are being have been advised to take their children for Covid19 testing and obtain negative results.

“Every student MUST undergo a General Check-up before reporting to school, evidence of which must be submitted to the school Medical staff upon reporting,” reads part of the Notices sent to parents    by a prominent school.

In his last National address about Covid19, President Museveni allowed schools and churches to reopen on condition that they follow the set guidelines by the ministry of health.

The schools will open starting with candidate classes and finalists in all tertiary institutions, universities, and vocational institutions.

The President said that “If the students follow the SOPs, they will be safe.”

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In order to avoid overcrowding on the reporting day, most schools say they will only permit one parent or guardians into the school premises and every student has been asked to take at least 3 re-usable face masks without fail.

Although the term will run for approximately two months, it has been established that school administrations have asked parents to pay full school fees and also provide their children with all essential items as there will be no visitations.

The President said that government decided to reopen schools for the candidate classes that is P7, S4, S6 and finalists in tertiary institutions and universities because they are a smaller number compared to the total enrolment.

However according to the Ministry of Education, Earlier SOPs indicate that no school will be allowed to have both the boarding section and day scholars.

 

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