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EDUCATION DILEMMA: Kabale school candidate classes still half empty after 6 days of reopening

KABALE- After six days of re-opening the education sector for finalists, some schools in Kabale District have not yet received the expected number of students.

Schools were allowed to resume business on 15th October 2020 after being closed on the orders of President Museveni for six months, due to the Covid 19 pandemic. 

Following the President’s directive, only finalists were allowed to return to school. They were instructed to resume activities within the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) set by the Ministry Of Education and Sports.

Our reporter visited different schools in Kabale district to assess how the schools were coping up. Most of the schools were observing the SOPs, but others did not have temperature guns which is one of government’s requirements.

In some schools, the number of students expected to return for classes had not yet reported back, while a few reported more students than the actual number they had expected.

Godfrey Besigye the Headteacher St. Francis College Kyanamira said 6 out of the expected 12 students had returned for Senior six, while 51 out of the expected 76 had reported back for Senior Four. Mr. Besigye said they had contacted the parents of the absent students and found out that raising school fees was their challenge.

The Kabale Pentangon Secondary School Headteacher Julius Mujurizi said they had 90 students in Senior four and 20 in Senior six before the lockdown due to COVID 19. However, only 65 students of Senior four and 14 in senior six had reported back.

However, the Deputy Head teacher at Kakomo secondary school Amos Musimenta said all the finalist students had reported back to school. He said that they had also received new students who mostly claimed they had changed schools due to the distance from their homes.

Meanwhile, Reuben Turyasingura, the Head teacher of Kyanamira primary school said all the P.7 pupils had reported back for the second term. Mr. Turyasingura said they had purchased all the Standard Operating Equipment apart from the temperature gun which was promised by the Government.


Felix Twinomugisha
Since Felix Twinomugisha joined the Informer Ug in 2020, he is still amazed how, "the company gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills. It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, and photography and television production." A practicing journalist since 2016, first with Greater African Radio in Mbarara later to Freedom Radio in Kabale and Currently at Crane Radio Ishaka Bushenyi. He is the Chief Beaural for the Informer Ug for Greater Bushenyi Including Bushenyi, Mitooma, Buhweju, Sheema, Rubirizi.


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