RDC Fatuma Ndisaba says this is the only way teachers in private schools have been surviving unlike their counterparts in the government schools who keep receiving their normal salaries. David Kiwalabye, a teacher from one of the private schools wonders whether the President closed schools or he banned teachers from teaching.
The Mukono Resident District Commissioner -RDC Fatuma Ndisaba
Nabitaka has stopped the unnecessary arrests of teachers conducting private
lessons in their communities as a means of survival.
Ndisaba says that due to the fact that schools have been closed for nearly two
years under President Yoweri Museveni’s directive due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in March 2020, private school teachers have suffered so much because
their school directors could not afford going on paying their monthly salaries.
She says it’s then unfortunate for Police to witch-hunt
those who decided to start coaching lessons with children in their localities
as the only means of survival.
Ndisaba has been responding to concerns of different private
teachers who reported to her that security operatives including Local Defense
Unit-LDU and police officers keep arresting them when they find them conducting
private lessons with a managed number of children from their residences.
David Kiwalabye, a teacher from one of the private schools
in Central division of Mukono Municipality wonders whether President
Museveni closed schools or he banned teachers from teaching business.
Kiwalabye says that despite their poor financial status resulting from the prolonged closure of their schools, police have kept on
demanding bribes from them. He notes that Police hide behind charges of violating
the presidential guidelines and ask them for more money than they get
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The RDC has therefore given out her mobile phone numbers to the
teachers as she warns that any police officer who arrests a teacher conducting private lessons with the children
from his or her home will be dealt with accordingly. She says, this is the only way teachers in
private schools have been surviving unlike their counterparts in the government
schools who have since then kept on receiving their normal salaries.
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“If you conduct those private lessons from your homes not
schools and with a manageable number of children not exceeding ten, no police
officer should arrest you. That has been a means of survival for most of the
teachers during this period.”
Ndisaba says it is not a crime for a teacher and parent to
reach an amicable understanding in order to keep the children engaged and up to
date even when the schools are still closed.
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“If a parent reaches an agreement with the teacher to have
private lessons for his or her children from the teacher’s home, that is not a
crime. Therefore, if any police officer comes in to arrest you, all of you have my
number, call me and I will deal with them.”
Over 460 teachers from private schools have been gathering
at the RDC’s office to receive food relief donated to the district by Pastor Saul
Yawe Kalya of Abundant Life Revival Ministries.
The package included 10kgs of maize flour, 3kgs of
beans and a bar of soap. Pr. Kalya says he responded to the call from RDC
Ndisaba who told him that teachers in Mukono were starving.
Geoffrey Mayanja, on behalf of the private schools directors, appealed to teachers to go for COVID-19 immunization saying it is the only way schools
will be opened after having all of them respond to that call.