RELIEF: Gov’t speaks out on schools’ reopening.

A courtesy photo of medical students at KIU medical school in Ishaka.

By Brendah Akankwatsa,

NATIONAL NEWS:  The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has announced dates for the reopening of Medical Schools across the country.

According to a letter dated August 4, addressed to Heads of the Medical Institutions that Parrots UG has seen, the Chairperson of  NCHE Prof Mary Okwakol, disclosed that medical Schools have been allowed to reopen in staggering manner starting August 30.

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Prof Okwakol said that the partial reopening is due to protect students from high risks of contracting the virus. She however noted that all learners and teachers should be vaccinated before reporting back to their respective institutions.

Learners who will have not got the vaccination jab before reporting date will according to Prof Ogwal receive the jab on arrival at the schools.

She warned that all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) must be followed and the students must procure their own face masks to be used while at school.

The decision follow an intensive meeting of the National COVID 19 Taskforce with scientists, the Minister of Education and Sports and Health to plan for the reopening of the medical school.

On July 30, President Museveni in his nation address on COVID-19 current situation asked the two ministries to work out a plan to reopen medical schools stressing that medical students are essentially needed to work in health facilities.

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