Uganda resumes schools after two years of COVID-19 outbreak

Uganda’s school reopened after the two years of the COVID-19 virus break. Uganda reopened their schools yesterday, on Monday, January 10, 2022, ending the world’s most prolonged school disruption.

After opening the schools, the city faced massive traffic congestion in some places of the capital, Kampala, and students can be seen bringing their mattresses in the highways who belonged to boarding schools. A long massive break saw this crowd.

Uganda schools are reopening after the long break of 83 weeks. It is the world’s most extended disruption, according to the figures from the UN cultural agency.

The closure of schools affected around 10 million people in the country. The East African country of 44 million people first shut down their schools in March 2020, after the first coronavirus case was confirmed on the continent of Africa.

According to one girl student aged 18-year-old “Fridah Namuganza,” she took orders and cleaned down the tables in the local restaurants of Uganda where she works-but; she wants to wear a school uniform and return to classes like her friend Rachael Nalwanga.

This story of two friends — one a dropout, one joyfully continuing her Education – is also the story of millions of Uganda’s kids as many headed back to classes on Monday after nearly 83 weeks of school shutdown by COVID-19.

According to the United Nations, the lockdown in the East African country was the most extended disruption of educational institutions globally because of the coronavirus pandemic.

During the closure, nearly 15.5 million students had affected their Education, as per reports by Dennis Mugimba, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Education.

She added that universities, schools, and higher Education quickly returned to school. But, Kindergartens and lower primary students, approximately about six million students, hadn’t stepped into the classroom until today.

There will be a curve between students after the huge break they are going to school or Universities.

As per the views of UNICEF, “Lockdown period was too long to adjust again in that period is quite hard.”

Millions of students are on edge to lose their ‘right to Education,’ said Munir Safieldin.