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Ministry Revises Academic Year, Students to Report for Second Term

President Yoweri Museveni during the last Gulu University Graduation Ceremony

Education authorities have revised the Academic Year schedule to allow students to report for the second term of school this month, as part of the phased reopening of educational institutions across the country.

The Academic Year was prematurely cut short on March 18, 2020, as a precautionary measure to control the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

As a result, over 15 million learners who are enrolled in schools at different education levels have been at home since the closedown.

According to a letter recently written by the Minister of Education Janet Kataha Museveni to Finance Minister Matia Kasaija seeking the release of capitation grants to schools, the candidate classes are bound to report for the second term on September 20, this year.

Two or three weeks after candidates have reported, the ministry will assess the situation and if everything is fine, a second lot will be added, another one will also follow up. In the end, all students will be at school,” the source adds.

Tentatively, the ministry plans that the second term will end around mid-December and in late January or early February, the third term will kick-off.

Candidates are then expected to write their final exams around March or April. Going forward, the academic year will be slowly harmonized to fit into the calendar year.

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