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32 Schools Yet to Open in Kapelebyong District

According to Samson Olaki Okare, the District Education Officer of Kapelebyong, the schools are still bushy, lack COVID-19 prevention messages, hand washing facilities among others.
Kapelebyong DEO, Samson Olaki Okare.

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32 schools in Kapelebyong District are yet to reopen for candidate classes after failing to meet the Standard Operating Procedures- SOPs.

All education institutions were allowed to reopen for candidates and finalists, after more than six months of a closure announced to keep COVID-19 at bay. 

According to the pronouncement made by President Yoweri Museveni on September 20, the institutions are expected to reopen on October 15. This implies that they had less than 24 days to secure clearance from the education Ministry that they are fit for reopening.

Some of the guidelines included no school will be reopened without meeting at least 60 per cent of the requirement of which indicators of the social distance of about two meters and the availability of handing washing facilities are critical.

Kapelebyong district has a total of 56 schools but only 24 managed to attain the required COVID-19 SOPs by Ministry of Health.

According to Samson Olaki Okare, the District Education Officer of Kapelebyong, the schools are still bushy, lack COVID-19 prevention messages, hand washing facilities among others.

Olaki says the affected schools will be cleared to resume once they comply with the set standards of operations.

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Olaki also revealed that some of the schools have been cut off due to the bad roads, which failed the inspection team from accessing and writing reports on their readiness. Most of the roads in Kapelebyong district are currently inaccessible following heavy rains that have hit the region.

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One of the headteachers in Acowa Sub County who spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity says there is no money to enable them to cut the grass, buy hand washing facilities and temperature guns for learners.

The headteacher says that the capitation grant that had initially been sent to schools during COVID-19 was recalled, making the reopening of schools difficult. But Olaki argues that all schools were adequately facilitated to enable them to meet the SOPs.