According to Ismail Mulindwa, the director Basic and secondary education, they have managed to coordinate as relevant ministries of education, transport ,health and police to ensure that they clear the increasing numbers of learners without discriminating the non students found among students before the set deadline.
As the government tries to ensure that it
supports all the students who are still stranded in Kampala, it’s not pre-occupied with sifting out opportunists from the increasing numbers as some adults are also using the opportunity
to travel with students.
Since Tuesday, the government has been providing transport to clear the numbers of students stranded in Kampala to get back to
their upcountry homes.
On Tuesday, the government through State House's Col Edith Nakalema intervened in managing the transportation of students who were stranded in
Kampala due to hiked transport fares.
When president Museveni directed the closure of
schools into a second lockdown to prevent Covid -19 getting
spread among the school going population, he also slapped a ban on inter
district travel beyond June 10th, to cater for the students that had to
This saw the bus and taxi operators hike
transport with some routes tripling the normal fares hence leaving many
students stranded in the different parks.
According to Ismail Mulindwa, the director Basic
and secondary education, they have managed to coordinate as
relevant ministries of education, transport, health and police to ensure that
they clear the increasing numbers of learners without discriminating the non students found in among students before the deadline that was put by the president. .
Mulindwa says by 3am, June 9, they had been able to
help over 800 students to get back to their homes and also provided some light
meals and snacks.
Mulindwa says 20 buses and 12 police lorries were
flagged off to different parts of the country that included Adjuman,
Lira, Kotido, Gulu, Napak Kotido, Kabong and Soroti.
He however, notes that by 8am on Wednesday other
students had come to the park and among them were non-students.
Mulindwa said that though they have tried to
register and put conditions of producing an identity card or putting on school
uniform, there are some adults who have tried to abuse the procedure.
He says that considering the situation in the
country they have not been so strict on the people who have fluked the free
transport and many have traveled with the students under this arrangement.
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On Wednesday over 500 students were still in Kampala waiting to
be transported to their villages by the government, the initiative that started on Tuesday.
As the government went ahead to plan for
the students, members of parliament from the Acholi sub region decided to
mobilize among themselves and provided transport to the students from their
Under this arrangement over 200 students have
been transported back to their villages.
Judith peace Acan, the woman MP Nwoya district,
says that they decided to come up as the Acholi parliamentary group to support
their own, using the parliament vehicles which they fueled.
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They note that they have been approached by
several people from their constituencies who had failed to afford the transport
fares that were hiked.
Lucy Sharon Balimoyo, woman MP Gulu district says
they wanted to ensure that children from their area are supported saying that
they are aware that the parents could not afford it.
She says they also considered the Covid-19
situation to which the students were being exposed to as they continued to
wait for transport in Kampala.