In his communication to the MUBS community, the Principal Prof. Waswa Balunywa said, early in the week I informed you that we were receiving reports of an increase in numbers of students who have been infected with the corona virus. We have been able to confirm that a certain number of students are not feeling well while others have signs of the virus, and there are some who have been confirmed to have the virus.
As you are aware, our examinations begin on Saturday, June 5, 2021 and I have received requests from students that we should put off the examinations because of the on going situation. The fear is that; There are those who may not have the virus but in the process of having examinations in rooms for three hours may be infected. There are those who may be infected and miss the examinations and that possibly the invigilators may either have the virus or may be infected by others as a result of associating with those who are infected.
We are monitoring the situation very closely but since we have no control over the private hostels, we cannot establish the real numbers. We are nonetheless working with the hostel owners on this. We wish to urge students and student leaders, if they learn of any case, to let us know. We are trying to see if we can have a testing and possibly a vaccination centre at the School. I would like to urge you to continue to be vigilant, to observe the Government of Uganda SOPs on the corona virus so that we can prevent infection and keep ourselves safe and alive.
The decision to postpone the examinations was done to stop spreading the virus in the institution. This followed President’s directive to have all schools and institutions of higher leaning closed by Monday, June 7, 2021 and suspended inter-district movement, in the latest COVID-19 measures aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus, as Uganda deals with a second wave of the pandemic.
The President in a televised address directed for the immediate closure of schools and institutions of higher learning for 42 days. He warned that the COVID-19 situation has drastically changed for the worse and that prevention is the key strategy.