Ministry of Education and Sports in Uganda has directed that all schools be closed on November 25 instead of December 6, due to the Ebola outbreak in the country.
The government announced that pre-primary, primary and secondary schools across the country to close early for third term holidays.
It was gathered that the Ebola outbreak has since claimed the lives of eight learners.
While addressing a press conference, the State Minister for Primary Education, Ms Joyce Kaducu, said: “We decided to shorten the term by two weeks to curb the spread of the virus among learners and staff.”
Schools were also directed to conduct their promotional examinations earlier.
“Upon completion, children will be required to immediately return safely to their homes as they wait for their report cards,” Ms Kaducu said.
- The set date excludes Senior Six candidates who complete their final examinations on December 9.
Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education examinations kick off on November 18.
“The Ministry of Health in conjunction with the Ministry of Transport will issue guidelines on the safe return of learners to their homes in the districts of Mubende and Kassanda before the close of third term and prepare learners mentally.”