Most governments around the world including Uganda in 2020 temporarily closed schools in an attempt to curtail the spread of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
On Friday evening, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhaburwa, during his end of year address to the nation officially announced the reopening of schools and said the country’s economy would fully reopen in a staggered manner from this month amidst a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases and fatalities.
And according to some Kasese based schools, some proprietors say they are ready to receive back the learners.
Mr. David Thembo Kabau, the Director for Margarita Demonstration Primary School in Kasese Municipality, says they are done with renovating some of the structures at the institution waiting for the learners to return for normal classes.
According to him, the school administration would not allow any member of the teaching and non-teaching staff to access the school premises as long as they have not been vaccinated against Covid-19.
He stressed that COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on children’s education around the globe therefore Vaccinating teachers is a critical step towards putting the education system and standard back on track.
At Parental Care School also in Kasese Municipality, the Deputy Head Teacher, Mr. Wickliffe Tumuhairwe said they have subjected all the teaching staff to refresher courses to motivate their minds towards teaching since most of them had ventured into other income generating activities.
Tumuhairwe said that leaving no one behind the school was not going to make changes in their fess structure. Recently, the ministry of education and sports issued circular barring schools from hiking fess. However, this online has learnt that even some government aided primary and secondary schools defied the order and are likely to increase the fees. This is likely to happen in the best performing schools around the district.
Speaking to this reporter, Philemon Mbaju Isebakakya, the Deputy Head teacher at Kinyateke Primary School in Kahokya Sub County of Busongora County South reported that they received shillings 400,000 from the central government to support them in doing some preparations ahead of the reopening of schools.
He also said that the school has conducted refresher courses for some teachers to prepare them.