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10 Teachers Held, Four Schools Closed for Violating COVID-19 Guidelines in Kisoro

The closed schools include St Lawrence Pre and Primary School in Nyakinama sub-county, Blessed Future Primary School, Victorious Pre and Primary School in Nyarubuye sub-county and Bunagana Pride Pre and Primary School in Bunagana Town Council.
Four primary schools in Kisoro district have been closed and 10 teachers arrested for allegedly violating COVID-19 guidelines.

The schools that were closed during an operation on Thursday, include St Lawrence Pre and Primary School in Nyakinama sub-county, Blessed Future Primary School, Victorious Pre and Primary School in Nyarubuye sub-county and Bunagana Pride Pre and Primary School in Bunagana Town Council. 

The operation was led by Captain Peter Mugisha, the Resident District Commissioner and Emmanuel Mbonyebyombi, the District Inspector of Schools, with the support of police personnel. Mbonyebyombi told our reporter that the closed schools were found teaching nursery section and primary one up to three yet the pupils are supposed not to be at school. 

Mbonyebyombi says that the schools were also found without handwashing facilities in the compound. He says that after the closure of the schools he, together with Mugisha immediately withdrew their certificates of compliance, implying that even after primary one to three pupils are cleared to resume, the schools will not be allowed to operate.

Mugisha says that according to government guidelines, primary one up to three pupils are supposed to report to school on June 7, this year.  Mugisha says that the administration of the accused primary schools were putting pupils lives at risk. He also faulted parents for accepting to be fooled by school administrators to defy government guidelines.

Cleophas Naturinda, the Officer-in-charge of Kisoro police station confirmed that the ten teachers are being detained at Kisoro police station as investigations into the matter continue. Naturinda declined to reveal their names arguing that it will jeopardize investigations since efforts are still underway to arrest more who took off when they saw authorities storming schools.