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Prof. Mary Okwakol: Universities must not re-open until Museveni issues directive.

National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has asked all higher education institutions not to re-open for the recommencement of school programs for continuing students before government issues a directive.

March 2020, all schools were closed by President Museveni as a measure to combat the spread of widely spread Covid-19.

However, finalists of all levels were later re-opened to continue but continuing students have for long been sitting home not knowing when they will resume with studies.

According to the letter released on 22 January, 2021 by the executive director of NCHE, Prof. Mary Okwakol has urged all Vice Chancellors of higher institutions to halt plans of re-opening for the first year and continuing students.

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Executive Director of NCHE, Prof Mary Okwakol. FILE PHOTO.

Partial reading of Prof. Mary Okwakol’s letter ,

“ As you are well aware, the directives to re-open high education institutions for finalists on health related programs , and subsequently for all finalists were given by the President of the Republic of Uganda. Accordingly, we await a decision of Government on the way forward regarding re-opening for non-finalist classes.”

Although Prof. Mary urged all institutions not to re-open until a decision of the Government is made, some institutions like Makerere University had previously announced plans to re-open with its new students asked to report on 30 January 2021.

Following their response to the Prof. Mary Okwakol’s letter, Universities said their re-opening plan was only tentative as they await for Government directives.

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