KAMPALA- Head teachers of Government-aided and owners of private schools have held a joint meeting aimed at negotiating to convince the government to reopen educational institutions.
In their meeting, government schools’ head teachers under their umbrella body, Association of Secondary School Head teachers of Uganda (ASSHU) agreed with their private school counterparts, the Federation of Non-State Education Institutions (FeNEI) that candidate classes should at least be allowed to report as earlier arranged.
The stakeholders say this would enable them to test their capability to control the spread of coronavirus before the rest of the learners are allowed to rejoin them.
FeNEI was then scheduled to meet the First Lady and Minister of Education, Ms Janet Museveni, to share their position in a meeting which has been scheduled for this Friday 24th July 2020.
“We agreed in principle that schools should at least reopen. We are ready to follow the standard operating procedures. But the government should communicate if we are not going to open. Anxiety is a disease. When you leave people anxious, including adults, you are not helping society,” said Mr Patrick Kaboyo, FeNEI’s National Secretary.
Mr Ismail Mulindwa, the Director of Basic and Secondary education in the Ministry of Education, who also chairs the ministry’s Covid-19 taskforce, said the meeting with the Education Minister will take place this week.
Mr Kaboyo also added that their teachers have not been paid salaries since March when schools were closed because there is no revenue being collected from learners as fees.
However, their counterparts in government schools continue to receive their salaries.
The stakeholders’ message comes at a time when President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is slated to address the Nation today Tuesday,21st July 2020 on how far the government has gone with curtailing the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Schools and educational institutions were directed to close on 20th March 2020 as a preventive measure for the spread of coronavirus pandemic. Todate, Uganda has recorded 1,072 Coronavirus cases, 958 total recoveries and 114 active cases.
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