The minister of Education and Sports Janet Kataha Museveni has cleared the air about the automatic promotion of students when schools reopen in January.
This was revealed at the 28th Annual Education and Sports Sector Review Workshop that was held today Wednesday 15th December.
“Senior one and senior two classes of 2020 shall be progressed to senior two and senior three, respectively. Remedial lessons shall be provided to these classes during the first term of 2022. The senior three and senior and senior five class of 2020 shall progress to senior four and senior six respectively upon reporting for the first term of 2022.” Said Janet as she ensured automatic promotion.
This has paused many questions within the public though they have to move with the ministry’s decision.
In her remarks, Mrs. Museveni said that schools will re-open for all levels at once in order to recover the time that has been lost during the time when they were closed.
While talking about the primary level, the minister said that by the time schools closed for the second COVID-19 national lockdown in June 2021, learners in P.4, P.5, and P.6 had already completed their assessments and promoted to the next respective classes.
She added on that the P.1, P.2, and P.3 classes of 2020 will also have automatic promotion and shall report in the next respective classes of P.2, P.3, and P.4.
About the issue of school fees, the minister said that the ministry appreciates that non-U.P.E. and non-U.S.E implementing schools do need to charge school fees to enable running of schools.
Despite the situation, the minister said that as a ministry, they are against the arbitrary increase of school charges.
“Therefore, we appeal to schools to be mindful that these learners are coming from families that have also been facing a tough time just as much as the schools have been,” she said.
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