Education authorities in Omoro have approved 40 out of 120 schools
in the district and four technical institutes to reopen for final year learners
The schools scored over 60 per cent of the recommended Standard
Operation Procedures (SOPs) issued the Ministry of Education and Sports to prevent
the spread of COVID-19.
Rev. Vincent Ocheng Ocen, the District Education
Officer – DEO says a 12-member technical committee has endorsed and issued
a certificate of compliance to 30 out 78 primary schools; 10 out of 17
secondary schools and four vocational institutions. The vocation institutions
include St Martine Vocational Training Center, Labora Youth Development Center
and Bobi Community Polytechnic.
Rev. Ocheng disclosed that 12 more schools will not open due to
lack of water facilities and financial constraints. The remaining 64 schools
only scored less than 50 per cent of the requirements and will be subject to
another round of inspection after 14 days.
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According to schools’ inspection report presented by the District on Tuesday
revealed that most schools share water points with the communities, grazing on
school land, impassable roads and broken boreholes as key findings that may
hinder reopening of some schools.
John Bosco Akera, the Chief Administrative Officer issued a directive to the
District Water Department to assess all the broken boreholes are repair them
urgently. The four schools with broken boreholes include Lakwana Primary,
Lujorawinyi Primary, Parak Primary and Wii-Aceng Primary.
George Oryang, the Director of Graceland Girls’ Secondary in
Ongako Sub-County, one of the schools that won’t reopen to finalist students
due to funding limitations says they haven’t recovered from the prolonged
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The Omoro Resident District Commissioner Susan Akany, says seven
schools will not reopen and parents are advised to relocate their children to
the nearest neighbouring schools. They are Bright Ross Primary, King George
Primary, Hill Primary, Ogwari Primary, Mercy Village Primary, St Paul Acet
Primary and Lubangaber Primary.