Deputy Speaker implores Parents, Guardians to encourage children to adhere to SoPs

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NEWS– The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Rt Hon Anita Annet Among has appealed to parents and guardians to encourage their children to observe strict adherence of the standard operating procedures put in place by the Ministry of Health in order to minimise the chances of spreading COVID-19.

This was contained in a statement the Deputy Speaker issued on Monday January 10th 2022, as the children reported back to school after the government announced the reopening of schools.

Here below The Informer Uganda is reproducing the Deputy Speaker statement verbatim ;

Fellow Ugandans!

New Year’s greetings to you all. We thank the Lord almighty for preserving us thus far.

As we prepare to take our little ones back to school after two years away, I ask that we use the remaining hours to talk to them and prepare them for the task ahead.

The times require vigilance and strict adherence to the standard operating procedures to minimise the chances of spreading COVID-19 and to keep the children safe.

Let us encourage them to wear masks, wash their hands and sanitise, always.

These come with an extra burden to the parents but we have to do what we can to ensure our children are safe.

To the teachers of this country, thank you for the great work you do every day in the service of our great nation.

May you do your best to help the young ones settle in and adapt to school life in the era of the pandemic.

Your task is much more than teaching and I trust you will do what it takes to keep our schools going.

As your servant leaders, we recognise your hard work and dedication to the service of humanity.

The work is cut out for the ministries of Education and Health, more than ever the duty of monitoring what happens in schools will be more paramount.

I ask school administrators and directors to keep a close eye on what happens within the school premises.

It is important that the schools declare the COVID-19 cases to the Ministry of Health for management and to ensure that cases are swiftly responded to.

I want to caution those who use times like this to take advantage of minors that we shall ensure you are dealt with decisively.

In Africa, it takes a whole community to raise a child and now more than ever, I ask us to look out for the children communally and be each others’ keepers.

As we embark on the budget process, I ask all Honourable MPs and ministries to give attention to the gaps that need to be plugged in to facilitate the smooth functioning of the education sector.

I wish you all a great term and God’s blessings.

ANITA ANNET AMONG DEPUTY SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT.