In Mpigi Town council, Mpigi UMEA Primary School, St. Kizito Primary, St. Michael, Bume, St. Bruno PRImary, Besaniya Primary, Kibuuka Memorial Primary and Bugayi Foundation School among others remained closed.
A teacher told URN on condition of anonymity that the fight started when senior 4 students accused their senior 6 colleagues of assaulting their classmate. The fighting spilled into the neighboring community.
Samuel Justin Tuko, a resident of Tapac sub-county, blamed the district authorities for constructing the school in an isolated area. Tuko says the school is now used by pastoralists for the safe custody of their livestock.
Lydia Nakanwagi the headteacher of Sakabusolo Primary School says that she recruited about four more private teachers to help in teaching learners but sometimes she fails to pay their salaries over low collections from parents.
The decision was contained in a Friday letter signed by Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, the Minister of Information Communication Technology and National Guidance follows a sitting of the cabinet at Entebbe, chaired by President Yoweri Museveni on Monday.
Cecilia Atim Ogwal Barbara, the Dokolo Woman Representative argued that when MPs returned to their constituencies, they were shocked to learn that several beneficiaries missed out on the money, a mistake that must be avoided.
Several government-aided schools in Luwero, Masaka, Rakai, Mukono, Nakaseke, Gulu and Amolator, among other districts, are struggling with a very poor turn up of learners, many of them recording less than half of the student population they had before schools were closed on March 20, 2020.
Charles Zinabala, a Primary Five teacher at Kajuna Church of Uganda Primary School reveals that he last received payment in August last year and is currently struggling to sustain his family. He says he raised his concern with the District Education Officer whose promise to rectify the problem is yet to yield results.
On Monday night, students of Bukalasa Agricultural College went on strike and threw stones in the compound in protest against sitting examinations without studies, sexual harassment, and poor sanitation among other complaints.
Daniel Ssajjabi the Chairperson of Luwero District Private Primary and Secondary Schools Association says that the affected schools were closed because some were being hosted in rental buildings and the directors were unable to pay arrears over prolonged lockdown.
Eliayazari Nuwagaba, the school PTA chairperson, says that they have severally written to the authorities on the state of affairs without any response. He says as parents they will construct makeshift structures to accommodate the learners as they wait for the government intervention.
Daniel Ssajjabi the Chairperson of Luwero Private Primary and Secondary Schools Association says although they have managed to put in place basic facilities to mitigate the spread of COVID 19 among learners, they are still unable to meet all requirements to reopen.
But, she says that the lockdown came with a mixed bag of frustration and fortune, challenging her to reinvent herself into a sustainable business that earns far better than what the best schools in her locality pay their teachers.
Boniface Ssentongo a Board Member of Bamunanika Technical Institute says that the delays have been due to failure by Ministry of Education and Sports to pay the contractor in time to complete the work.
Rebecca Kadaga Alitwala, the 1st Deputy Prime Minister and also Minister of East African Community Affairs on Thursday told journalists in Kampala that the introduction of French as an official language brings various benefits to the country that will include job opportunities among others.