Gov’t shuts down several schools for failure to adhere to SOPs

At least seven schools in Budaka district will remain closed today after failing to meet the Covid 19 Standard Operating Procedures.

Last month, government gave the green light for schools and institutions to resume operations for finalists and candidate classes following a seven-month ban.

The Ministry of Education also set SOPs that schools had to meet before they are cleared to reopen, which include installing hand washing facilities and acquiring temperature gun.

However, some schools failed to meet some of these SOPs and will remain closed.

The affected parents have been advised to relocate their children to the neighbouring schools.

According to Mr. Paul Higenyi the Budaka District Education Officer, most of the affected schools I Budaka are privately owned.

Without divulging details of the effected schools Mr. Higenyi said during their routine inspection exercise last week they found that though all government-aided schools had met the required SOPs majority of Private schools did not.

He said they have given the affected schools a one-week grace period to put in place what’s required or else parents will be advised to relocate their children to schools that meet the standard.

He further advised parents and school heads to allow pregnant girls to study.

However, there were some reports that some schools heads in the district were chasing away pupils who had not reported with money for feeding, an allegation the DEO says it’s unfounded.

“I have not got that information yet, but if its there one can be punished”

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