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Parents Cautious as School First Term Opens

Government pushed the start of the first school term from February 1st to February 22nd after the presidential and parliamentary elections on February 18th. However, there has been anticipation of post-election violence, making many parents wary of taking their children back to school.

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Schools are recording a low turn up of pupils as they open for their first term after a three months holiday.

A visit by Uganda Radio Network to schools, in and around Entebbe, shows that schools are recording a low turn up for the first term that starts today.

Schools like St. Mary's Kitende, Kitende Secondary School, Kisubi High School, Wits College, Kennedy Secondary School, Kisubi Mapeera, Savio, St Mary's College Kisubi, Entebbe Secondary School, Maryland, Mary Preparatrix, all along Entebbe Road, had few pupils and students reporting since yesterday.

The government pushed the start of first term from February 1st to February 22nd after the presidential and parliamentary elections on February 18th. However, there has been anticipation of post-election violence, making many parents wary of taking their children back to school.

School authorities are still tight lipped about the reporting trend. However, parents who talked to Uganda Radio Network say that the schools may not be safe for their children at the moment.

Andrew Ssembabulidde, a resident of Bunono in Katabi Sub County says his children will stay home until he is certain about the security situation. He adds that the lengthy campaign period equally affected his income and ability to pay school dues on time.

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Ssembabulinde says the shutdown of mobile money services by the government was in bad faith as it affected many people who rely on it to eke out a living.

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Gaudensio Opoka, another parent who talked to URN said that although he cleared all school dues, his children may not report back to school until the situation is clear. 

Usually on the eve of school opening, Kampala-Entebbe Road has heavy traffic jam and that is the reverse yesterday and today.

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