By News Editor
There was a low turn-up of students on Monday as post- secondary institutions resumed normal classes after spending for months under lock due to the covid-19 induced lockdown aimed at curtailing the spread of the deadly virus.
In his Presidential address to the nation in June this year, President Museveni imposed a 42 day partial lockdown which saw all institutions of learning affected. But on September 22, 2021, President Museveni allowed post- secondary institutions of learning to reopen with effect from today on condition that all teachers and non-teaching staff will have been vaccinated.
However, a survey conducted by our reporter in several colleges in Kasese Municipality indicated that the turn-up of learners was very low.
At Liberty College of Management and Journalism, Tadeo Baluku, the institution’s Principal told our reporter that out of the 405 students who were expected to report for classes today, only 27 turned up.
Baluku told the press that his office was awash with information that some of the people especially the females had been married off while others had opted for petty businesses during the lockdown.
He happily told our reporter that at least all his staff members had received the Covid-19 jabs, adding that the institution would also liaise with the nearby Health Centre IIIs to vaccinate legible students who might return from their homes without taking the jab.
At Rwenzori College of Commerce, the Academic Registrar, Tadeo Baguma Mumbahya said that 15 students reported for classes on the very first day out of expected 300 registered learners.
Mumbahya revealed that out of the 27 Tutors at the College, at least 15 have been fully jabbed while only five have taken their first jab as the await to be jabbed.
Eriab Nyakango, the Principal at Celak Vocational College also reported that out of 56 registered students, only 06 turned up for classes today morning.
He told the press that they expect some of their students to report back to the institution when they have received their jabs. According to him, the target might not be met as some of the yet un vaccinated students have complained that they did not access the vaccination services within their localities.
Emmy Mwesige Kayiri, the Kasese Municipal Education Officer, however, told pour reporter that his office would not tolerate any institution that will not observe the Standard Operating Procedures issued by the Ministry of Health to forestall the spread of Covid-19.
He also appealed to the heads of institutions to ensure that their security guards are availed with security gadgets and uniforms for identification.