Uganda Reopens Schools after World's Longest COVID-19 Lockdown

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  • Ugandan authorities have reopened schools after what is the longest disruption to educational institutions globally in response to the pandemic
  • With the closure of schools, more than 15.5 million students had their schooling cut short, according to the spokesperson for the Ministry of Education
  • School reopening was done in phases: universities and other higher education classes were reopened first, then Kindergarten and lower primary students Monday
  • According to Janet Museveni, the country's first lady and Minister of Education,  the long closure was needed to protect children and their families
  • This, alongside other measures, may have contributed to the country's low COVID-19 burden. The country so far has recorded 153,000 cases and 3,300 deaths in total