Cabinet is to hold a special meeting this week to decide the fate of schools and other learning institutions that have been closed since March due to Covid-19.

After the meeting, President Museveni will address the country on the way forward.

This was revealed by State Minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda on the floor of Parliament on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, Senior Presidential Press Secretary Don Wanyama also revealed that a tentative date for the address is Saturday and any changes will be communicated.

Mr Museveni had earlier on said that the big announcement on schools would be made before September but no announcement has come up yet. Meanwhile, governments around the world are slowly reopening schools as health experts say it’s vital for children to resume education having put in place standard operating procedures.

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga on Tuesday directed Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to immediately appear before parliament and provide the government position in regard to re-opening of education institutions.

Kadaga’s directive followed complaints by a section of Members of Parliament in regard to the contradictory statements from different government institutions in regard to the proposed re-opening of schools which have left parents, proprietors of schools and other people anxious.

Education institutions were closed in March this year after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. The move was meant to protect over 15 million learners in high-risk concentration centres against coronavirus and at the time of the closure, the idea was that learners could report back to school after 32 days.

The country’s academic year normally runs from February to November covering 260 days of curricular and co-curricular activities, assessment, and national examinations. Under this arrangement, the system leaves 104 days for holidays. Around this time, the children would be reporting for the third term of school.

Bulamogi County MP Kenneth Lubogo raised a matter of national importance questioning why government had not taken a step to declare a dead academic year given the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Ms Julian Rweju, the Judiciary Technical Advisor on ICT sensitized members of staff (PHOTO/Courtesy).

KAMPALA – The awareness sessions ahead of the implementation of the Electronic Court Case Management Information System (ECCMIS) is ongoing and the latest courts to benefit from the exercise are the Civil and Land divisions of the High Court.

On Monday afternoon, Ms Julian Rweju, the Judiciary Technical Advisor on ICT sensitized members of staff from the two courts on what to expect from ECCMIS. This project’s phased implementation is set to begin in November with all courts within Kampala and one upcountry court in Jinja.

“Right now we’re just creating awareness for you people to be ready,” she said adding that the exercise to migrate data from CCAS to ECCMIS will begin in a few weeks’ time. She appealed to the staff for their undivided support if the exercise is to be a success.

ECCMIS is an electronic case management system which will provide a digital platform for a seamless flow of case files from opening to its conclusion. Once in place, all court processes pertaining a case file will be done online and details retrievable by Judiciary staff while litigants will access the system but with limited rights.

Ms Rweju said the security features of this system will help restore public trust in the Judiciary since all activities relating to any file are trackable. “We will be able to know who has done what and when on which file,” she said.

Efficiency, reliability, simplicity and flexibility are some of the major benefits ECCMIS offers since it will allow litigants to file from anywhere and provide for quick payment of court fees. Other benefits include reduction in cost of case management and litigation since there will be less volumes of paper and human interaction needed. All this, Ms. Rweju says, will enable quick settlement of disputes.

She however said although the System will ease and simplify operations in the Judiciary, there are still some hiccups. Inadequate infrastructure, unstable internet connectivity and power, the populace illiteracy, and poor attitude towards change are among the challenges she highlighted.

Ms Rweju said even in the face of these challenges, the Judiciary Top Management is continuously exploring lasting solutions to the challenges. The Rules Committee, on the other hand, is working on the legal framework necessary to support the e-justice system.

“COVID-19 has helped to show many people that we cannot run away from Technology (e-justice),” she pointed out.

The awareness creation program continues today at Family Division in Makindye, and thereafter to all courts in Kampala and Jinja High Court Circuit.