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Teachers Stuck Again after Abandoning Business' to Return to Schools

In Mukono, several teachers from private schools had started venturing into businesses which include running grocery stores, selling foodstuffs and snacks. Many set up kiosks in the major trading centres along the Kampala-Jinja highway.
Students returning home following the second closure of schools.

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Teachers who had started business enterprises after the first closure of schools, but went back to teaching when the institutions reopened, are stuck again and now struggling to cope. 

In Mukono, several teachers from private schools had started venturing into businesses which include running grocery stores, selling foodstuffs and snacks. Many set up kiosks in the major trading centres along the Kampala-Jinja highway.  

But they abandoned the business as soon as the government announced that it would reopen schools allowing learners to return in a staggered manner. However, with the rise on COVID-19 cases across the country, schools were closed again, sending teachers into disguised employment. 

Abraham Kisembo, a teacher at Global Junior Primary School says he sold off his stall as soon as he was called back to his professional job. Kisembo had started the stall in Nasuuti trading centre in Mukono central division during the with a capital of 500,000 Shillings first lockdown. 

Unfortunately, the schools were closed again for 42 days, after scientists established that they had become a super spreader for the virus, and for Kisembo, this came as a message of doom.

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Simon Ajoku, a teacher at Nkokonjeru Primary School appeals to the government to come up with a reasonable strategy that would allow teachers from private schools to survive under difficult situations.

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The chairperson of Mukono Private Teachers Association-MPTA Nicholas Bwiire fears that at the end of the 42 days, many teachers will be starving, yet many of them have failed to benefit from the government initiatives like Emyooga, which would give them some capital to invest in different projects. 

The Mukono  Resident District Commissioner Fatuma Ndisaba advises teachers to look out for good possible means of survival as they wait for the presidential decision after 42 days.                  

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