HOIMA– As schools re-open for sub-candidates next week, school administrators have been challenged to be exemplary to learners in complying with the covid19 guidelines while at school.
Johnson Kusiima Baingana, the Hoima Oil City Education Officer explains that the level of compliance in schools is still low in both teachers and learners.
He says that during inspections, they discovered that learners were not putting on facemasks, not maintaining the recommended two metre social distance while others schools were not taking temperature records for visitors among others.
Baigana explains that this is a bad practice being facilitated by reluctant school leaders an act he says must stop now that the number of learners in schools is expected to increase beginning next week.
Baingana also expressed concern on the poor levels of schools readiness ahead of Monday’s reopening.
He observes that they are still waiting for final communication from the ministry of Education on the way forward for schools that haven’t put in place all the required standard operating procedures.
Leonard Irumba, a science teacher at St Patrick’s High school located in Kipapati says the virus has prompted them to provide single seater chairs for learners which are costly.
He adds that there was a need for the government to consider donating some covid19 fighting items like temperature Guns, hand washing facilities among others to private schools that can’t afford them for the good of the learners.
Moses Byangire, the chairperson for Private Schools in Hoima Town admits that schools are unlikely to re-open forever due to financial challenges.
He says most private schools depend on loans to operate which they have failed to service during this school closure period and now wants the government to intervene and support them financially.