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Janet Museveni to address the country on closure of schools

The Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataaha Museveni is set to address the country on Friday on the current state of the Education sector.

The Education Ministry spokesperson, Dennis Mugimba said that the address will be aired live on Television and on Social media platforms at exactly 4:00 pm.

“@Janet Museveni, will hold a press briefing on Friday, 01st of October, 2021 at 4 p.m to address several areas of public interest about the Education sector,” Mugimba said in a tweet.

The speech comes at a time when the Ministry is facing criticism from a number of Education stakeholders and concerned parties about the government’s decision to delay reopening of schools.

Last week, President Museveni in his speech said that schools will reopen in January 2022 when a substantial number of teachers, learners above 18 and non-teaching staff are vaccinated.

This week a number of stakeholders disagreed with the directive proposing that schools need to reopen as soon as October 2021 for the sake of the learners completing the syllabus.

The FDC spokesperson, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda in his address on Monday said the government should consider moving the Education Minister, Janet Museveni to a less demanding Ministry because she seems to be too busy to address the demands of the education sector.

“To meet the challenges of lockdowns have imposed on the Education sector. The country needs a full-time Minister who is ready to be in the field identifying problems and suggesting solutions,” Ssemujju said in a tweet.

The Minister of Information, Chris Baryomunsi however came out to side with the president’s directive saying that the reopening of schools needs to be taken step by step.

Janet Museveni will be expected to defend her position and answer the inquiries about the current state of the Education sector that has been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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