LASPNET Petitions Government to Reopen Schools

With the phased lifting of the COVID-19 lockdown, the Legal Aid Service Providers Network (LASPNET) contends that the fate of the education sector in Uganda still hangs in balance with the uncertainty of reopening. To this effect, LASPNET has petitioned the Government of Uganda to consider reopening schools and higher institutions of learning.

In the petition, LASPNET notes that the continued closure of schools has put the livelihoods of teaching and non-teaching staff at stake, and has exposed children and learners to emotional stress such as rape, defilement, early marriages, and unwanted pregnancies among other challenges.

LASPNET proposes several recommendations for consideration by the National Taskforce on CIVID-19, the Ministry of Education and Sports, the Ministry of Health, the Uganda National Teachers Union, and the Uganda Human Rights Commission, to expedite reopening of schools. 

Read the full petition here: