Uganda to reopen schools after almost two years

Ugandan schools, closed since March last year owing to the pandemic, will reopen in January regardless of currently low vaccination uptake, the country’s president said on Thursday.

Uganda’s president has announced that schools will be reopened in January, almost two years after they were closed because of the Covid pandemic.

“Be informed that the schools will be opened in January and the rest of the economy will be opened in the same month,” said Yoweri Museveni.

President Yoweri Museveni said this would happen regardless of how many people were vaccinated.

Well under 10% of Uganda’s population have been jabbed, though Mr Museveni said there would be enough doses by the end of the year to quadruple numbers.

He said that if anything went wrong with the uptake, the public would bear moral responsibility.

Many teachers have left for other jobs to make ends meet, and some say they won’t return.

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