The Minister of Education and Sports of the Republic of Uganda, Janet K. Museveni announced that the school year would be closed on November 25 due to the Ebola outbreak.
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Through a statement, the portfolio holder indicated that the primary and secondary education levels would end their classes two weeks earlier than expected.
The decision was taken following Ebola infection of 23 children studying in schools in Kampala (the capital) and Wakiso and Mende districts. So far eight minors have died due to this disease.
“Early closure of schools will reduce concentration areas where children are in daily contact with other children, teachers and other staff members, who can spread the virus,” Museveni said.
Similarly, the minister announced a set of strict compliance measures during the remaining weeks of classes.
These include cordoning off affected schools, banning entry and contact tracing of all children and teachers in high-risk areas.
Ugandan authorities have also warned that churches and bars will remain closed to prevent the spread of Ebola.
Uganda declared an Ebola outbreak on 20 September, after the first death from the disease was confirmed in Mubende district.