Gov’t Sets Conditions for Re-opening Schools
President Museveni yesterday approved the reopening of institutions with final students undertaking health related training after nearly 6 months of closure in a bid to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was announced in a letter from Executive Director of National Council for Higher Education Prof Mary Okwakol addressed to all Vice Chancellors and Principals of institutions offering health related training.
“I am pleased to inform you that HE the President has approved the reopening of institutions with final year students undertaking Health Related training. This is to enable the students complete their studies so as to fill the Human Resource gap the Health sector would likely face,” the letter said.
Prof. Okwakol said this is to enable the students complete their studies so as to fill the human resource gap the health sector would likely face.
She also stressed that the current interns will complete their programme soon and a new team would ordinarily be expected to take over from them.
Every year, final year students who pursue Health Related courses are awarded internship placements in hospitals across the country. The move is aimed at mitigating what would rather be a huge human resource gap in the Health sector if this year’s finalists had not sat for their final exams.
The group of finalists authorized to resume classes include finalist students undertaking training at a bachelor level in Medicine, and Bachelor of Surgery, Nursing, Midwifery, Dental Surgery, Pharmacy and Allied Medical Professionals.
Finalist Postgraduate students on health related programmers have also been cleared to resume classes.
Finalists undertaking training at diploma level and postgraduate students ( doctors, nurses and midwives) who are qualified and are already health practitioners have also been cleared to resume.