The police in Tororo district have arrested four primary school
headteachers for conducting lessons for lower classes. They were arrested on Tuesday during an operation by the Covid-19
District Task Force.
They include Kulusum Ali of Star Light primary and Nursery school, Rose
Ofwono, the headteacher of Special Plan Kindergarten daycare, the Prime View
Primary School headteacher Emmanuel Edule and Rebecca Nandutu, the headteacher
of Oguti primary school.
Yahaya Were, the Tororo District Deputy RDC, says that they received
reports about schools sneaking in learners from other classes, which is against
the Ministry of Education and Health guidelines.
In February, the Cabinet approved the reopening of schools in a
"staggered manner" that will ensure compliance with Covid-19 standard
operating procedures (SOPs). All schools in the country were closed in March
2020 as a measure to control the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) disease.
The first phase of re-opening under this arrangement only targeted semi
candidates (P.6, S3, and S.5) and the second targeted P.4, P.5 and S.1.
Were noted that besides conducting illegal lessons, the schools
were not adhering to the covid-19 standard operating procedures- SOPs that
include wearing face masks and observing social distance.
Were, vowed to continue with the operation to crack down schools
that are flouting the guidelines.
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Last week, Dr Kedrace Tulyagenda, the director in charge of Education
Standards, said that local governments through the education inspection unit
and working with the area covid-19 task force are supposed to ensure that
schools both private and the public don’t flout the set SOPs and school