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Nursery teachers in Kasese reminded of their roles ahead of schools reopening

By Joel Kaguta

Nursery teachers in Kasese district have been reminded of their roles including providing effective and quality education to the learners.

A total of 100 Nursery teachers hailing from Mahango, Karusandara, Maliba, Bugoye and the Central Division of Kasese Municipality are at Kamaiba Youth Center to undergo a fresher training a head of reopening of schools.

In December last year, the Ministry of Education and Sports announced plans to cut off the closure of schools and revealed that had put in place measures to ensure safe reopening of schools on January 10, 2022.

In ensuring that Nursery teachers go back to teach the learners while knowing their professional ethics of handling young children, Tangu Utoto Foundation, a Non-Government Organisation based in Kasese and the entire country is offering refresher training to Nursery teachers from the above mentioned areas.

The foundation through its Communication’s Officer, Abrahim Kirindiru believes that as government plans to reopen schools as planned, teachers need to get prepared to offer effective and quality education to the learners.

Mr. Kirindiru told the press that the training is not the first one because they have been offering trainings to nursery teachers since 2018 and at least a good number of teachers have benefited from the trainings.

He added that they are targeting children below 8 years and was optimistic that the increasing number of teachers who have so far attended their trainings would help the community by providing quality education.  

According to Mr. Kirindiru, at the end of the five days, teachers will walk away with skills of handling learners who have been out of school since March 2020.

Mr. Kirindiru asked the participants to ensure that all children irrespective of their social, economic, ethnic or political background get the opportunity to fully explore their educational potential.

Officiating at the opening of the training, the Kasese Municipal Education Officer, Mr. Emmy Mwesige Kairi cautioned the teachers against giving corporal punishments to the learners who have been out of class for a period of two years.

He added that it would be a great chance to have a reasonable number of learners back in their respective schools since most of them have lost morale and others have dropped out of school because of many reasons.

But, Carolyn Nabwire, a Nursery teacher at Izinga SDA Nursery and primary school in Maliba Sub County said that they were ready as teachers to welcome the learners back and teach them according to the approved academic calendar.

She only asked the parents to fully play their distinguished roles including providing scholastic materials and paying school fees.

Mr. John Kavuma, another Nursery school teacher at Blessed Angel Nursery and Primary school hailed Tangu Utoto Foundation for reminding them of their cordial role of teaching the learners. Jackie Lunyolo, a lead facilitator lectured the participants that children need to be respected and should not be chased away from school if they have not combed their hair and cut their nails among others. 

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