Uganda to End School Year Early Amid Ebola Outbreak


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“Pre-primary, primary and secondary schools will close for Term 3 holidays on Friday, 25th November 2022,”

The
Ugandan government says it will end the school year earlier than planned
because of an Ebola outbreak that has affected 23 students, including eight
children who died.

Millions
of Ugandan students in primary and secondary schools will be affected by the
decision to end the semester two weeks early, due to the ongoing Ebola virus
outbreak.

Joyce
Moriku Kaducu, the state minister for education, announced the closure on
Tuesday.

“Pre-primary,
primary and secondary schools will close for Term 3 holidays on Friday, 25th
November 2022,” Kaducu said.

According
to the Ministry of Education, Ebola cases were found at five schools in the
Kampala, Wakiso and Mubende districts.

Kaducu
said the Cabinet of President Yoweri Museveni made the decision to close
schools nationwide based on concerns that crowded schools will increase
infection rates for the virus.

The
schools with affected children have been cordoned off and are being asked to
decontaminate their facilities so children can safely return after the new
year.

The decision to
end the school term early is a disappointment to many families. Ugandan schools
were closed for two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic before reopening
earlier this year.

 

 
VOA


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