The six were caught red-handed by police conducting lessons in disregard of the presidential directive closing all schools for 42 days as part of the measures to contain the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
But Stephen Otim, the Chairperson of Arapai Sub County head teachers association, says that teachers find it difficult to travel for more than ten kilometers to get the COVID-19 jab because they are busy trying to cover the syllabus.
Richard Atubi and Paul Opio, teachers of various schools in the district backed their representative Okiria and informed the minister that the meager salaries which always delays makes their families unable to purchase even a mere coffin. Hellen Catherine Atim said even their clans are too poor to arrange a decent burial when a teacher dies.
The community primary schools that the district authorities want government to take over are Maratatu, Karuhinda, Kyentomi, Booma, Kyarushesha Modern, Malembo, St Joseph Mugabi,Kakende,Nyakabonge,Sayuni,Ikoba,Hohwa and Maya primary schools.
Godfrey Sserwanja, the Hoima District Education officer-DEO told Uganda Radio network that they approached the Rapid Assessment survey team to have the teachers tested since the teachers interact with many people more especially the children they teach saying it was crucial for the health ministry to engage teachers in the COVID-19 testing exercise.
Some of the teachers were transferred for overstaying at their work stations, poor performance and frosty working relations with the School Management Committees among others. However, the teachers have rejected the transfers, saying they are not convenient.