Government halts physical reopening of Universities

Government yesterday ordered universities and other tertiary institutions to halt physical reopening for classes for the next three months as they study the Covid-19 pandemic. However, they directed that they can continue with online studies.

Government halts physical reopening of Universities

But Daily Monitor understands that the Ministry of Education top management yesterday recommended that all education institutions reopen to all learners, a decision that will be discussed in an inter-ministerial meeting chaired by Education minister Janet Museveni today.

On January 21, National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) executive director, Prof Mary Okwakol, directed institutions not to reopen for non-finalist classes until a decision of government on the matter is communicated.

Six days later, she wrote to vice chancellors and principals, noting that they had received communication from Ms Museveni, advising that they continue studies online without physical meeting as they establish a solution to coronavirus.

“The NCHE is in receipt of a communication from the First Lady and Minister of Education informing us that based on the advice from the Presidential Scientific Advisory Committee, the President has guided that all higher education institutions should continue studying online using the ODel, system for at least another three months. This is so to enable government find a lasting solution,” Prof Okwakol wrote on January 27.