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. However, some schools have decided to use the opportunity to sneak in learners from other classes.
School inspectors are on the spot for looking on as schools stealthy sneak in non- authorized learners.
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)
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. However,
some schools have decided to use the opportunity to sneak in learners from
Dr Kedrace Tulyagenda, the director in charge of Education
Standards, says 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 calendar.
Dr Tulyagenda, however, notes that although the Directorate of
Education Standards has received unconfirmed reports about schools reopening
for all learners, they are yet to hear from the inspectors.
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She further adds that even without reporting to the centre, the
education law gives powers to the inspectors of schools. However, according to
her, it seems inspectors have failed on their mandate.
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The education standards director also said that they have received
reports that some inspectors are being bribed by school proprietors to flout
Rashid Kikomeko, the Mukono District Inspector of Schools, notes
that although inspectors are being informed about schools operating at full
capacity, at times they are incapacitated by several factors that include under staffing and inadequate funding.
"The inspectors’ units in many districts are understaffed.
For instance, he says, in Mukono-which is a renowned hub for schools - we have
only three inspectors which makes it difficult for them to reach everywhere at
the same time. Secondly, although the government has released funds for the
fourth quarter, we are yet to receive it,” says Kikomeko.
Kikomeko, however, says that to address under staffing, they intend
to use assessors who include retired senior teachers to help in the inspection.
Despite their major importance, school inspectors have been
identified as one of the obstacles towards the implementation of education
standards in schools even before the staggered reopening of schools.
For instance, the 2019/2020 financial year education sector review
report confirmed that many inspectors at districts are not only corrupt but
also lack the required skills and knowledge on how to inspect