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IMG 5166Africa is ushering into an era that most observers and pundits are predicting will determine its destiny as the continent of the future. But to fulfill this promised bright future, the continent has to come to terms with its education and training systems that are yet to fully shed the weight of its colonial legacy and its own tribulations as a relatively new political and economic entity and player in the world arena.


In the bid to create a new African citizen who will be an effective change agent for the continent’s sustainable development as envisioned by the AU and its 2063 Agenda, the African Union Commission has developed a comprehensive ten-year Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 16-25). 


This strategy is driven by the desire to set up a “qualitative system of education and training to provide the African continent with efficient human resources adapted to African core values and therefore capable of achieving the vision and ambitions of the African Union. Read more: CESA 16-25


The information provided below was submitted as at 2020-12-04 10:23:58 by the Dr, Cleophus Mugenyi of Uganda in responding to the AU Survey of Member States response to the Reopening of Educational Institutions during COVID-19. The information is solely for experience sharing purposes and not to be used for other purposes without express permission of the African Union Commission.


Country  Uganda
Ministry Dr, Cleophus Mugenyi
Education level handled by the Ministry Primary, Secondary, Tertiary Education, TVET
What estimated percentage of Preschool have reopened for in-person learning?
What estimated percentage of Primary Schools have reopened for in-person learning? 10-29
What estimated percentage of Secondary Schools have reopened for in-person learning? 10-29
What estimated percentage of Universities have reopened for in-person learning? 70-89
What estimated percentage of Technical and Vocational Education and Training Institutions have reopened for in-person learning? 10-29
Challenges which have been faced in the reopening of educational institutions for in-person learning

Logistical requirements, Financial burden, Getting students back to school, Other (to be specified);

1.The government resolved that all school girls who became pregnant during COVID-19 and were in candidate classes who be allowed to register for national examinations (especially at primary and secondary level), However, this was not easily acceoted by some faith-based schools and institutions and headteachers.

Is there a system to trace, treat and contain the spread of COVID-19 in educational institutions? {Is there a system to trace treat and contain the spread of COVID-19 when schools are reopened:value}
Description of the system for tracing, treating and containing the spread of COVID-19 in educational institutions. The Ministry of Education and Sports and Ministry of Health developed the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that were distrnuted to all schools and institutions. Prior to reopeing of schools and institutions Inspectors of Schools inspected all schools and instutions to ensure compliance with SOPs. Only schoos and institutions that met basic requirements were issued with the certificate of Compliance and allowed to reopen.
Learners who are diagoniised woth COVID-19 are removed from the school and taken to a health facilities for treatment. Those with mild synptoms are are taken to the isolation room within the school and monitored, If their condition improves they continue learning , and if it does not improve they are taken to the health facility for further management. All learners and staff are checked daily using a temperature gun and record of temperature kept; and must wear masks at all times in addition to regaular washing of hands.
All learners are either in day or boarding facilities. Contacts of learners in boarding faciolities are easily traceable but this is a big challenge for day learners. Uganda has been luck to registered few isolated cases of learners with COVID-19.
Has there been an increase or decrease in the national budget allocation for education as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? {Has there been an adjustment in the national budget for education as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic:value}
Please indicate the extent of increase or decrease in the national budget allocation for education budget as a result of COVID-19? Increase by 10-29 percent, Decrease by 10-29 percent
Has there been an assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on students while educational institutions were closed? No
Summary of the findings of the assessment of impact of COVID-19 on students while educational institutions were closed
Adjustments that have been made in operations of educational institutions upon reopening

Regular handwashing by students and teachers, Reduced number of students per classroom, Students and teachers wear masks, Suspension of field events and excursions, Regular disinfection of frequently touched areas in educational institutions (at least once a day), Additional adjustments (to be specified);

All Universities are offering online teaching and students come to the university to sit for exams only using a timetable that esnures scoail distancing
All schools and instititions opened for only candoidate classes.
Dialy reports from the school to the District Taskforce and fimally to Ministry of Health


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