Our reporter visited some of the schools on Tuesday and found them none compliant with Fire Safety Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Education and Sports in collaboration with the Uganda Police Force.
Peter Obong Acuda, the Apac district speaker, explains that the resolution is in line with the district education ordinance enacted in the 2016/17 Financial Year, and so those who will not send their children back to school will be arrested and made to pay a fine of 200,000 shillings.
The institutions were in March this year hit hard by the heavy rains accompanied by the hail storms that blew off classroom structures and latrine premises, forcing the learners to study under tree shades.
At about 9:45 am, Ibuje Primary School located in Ibuje sub-county Apac district received examination materials meant for Boke Primary School, which is sitting at Alenga Primary school examination centre.
The School headteacher, David Newton Odong, says the positive cases include two girls and a boy. He says the learners first presented with the symptoms of malaria, which was being managed at the school.
According to the architectural plan, the facility will comprise of two classroom blocks each with two doors, an office and a store, two latrine blocks for both male and female pupils each with 5 stances, bathing shelters and a 10,000-liter water tank.
According to the 2019 PLE result, Apoi primary school did not get any pupils in first, second and third grade. It, however, registered seven pupils in grade four and nine in division U, out of a candidate class of 16.
The strike came a day after management conducted an impromptu inspection in the student’s dormitories and confiscated unauthorized items including mobile phones, radio sets, solar systems and 12 bags of casual wear.
The trouble for the teachers stemmed from their late reporting when the first term had just opened. It is reported that most of the teachers reported either days or a week after the re-opening of 2019 term one.
Billy Okunyu, the Apac District Education Officer said the head teachers failed to meet the required performance targets in the 2018 Primary Leaving Examinations.According to Okunuyu, some of these head teachers have been performing so poorly in the administration and failing to managed funds meant to finance UPE activities among others.