A number of private secondary school headteachers told Uganda Radio Network that many parents are sending their children back to schools without the required scholastic materials, like books and pens, while some have only basic personal requirements.
Dozens of students
in Masaka district have been turned back from school over the lack of scholastic materials to
support their learning, as educational institutions opened their gates to learners after a long shutdown.
A number of private
secondary school headteachers told Uganda Radio Network that many parents are sending their children back to
schools without the required scholastic materials, like books and pens, while some have only basic personal requirements.
Sseremba, the Headteacher of Bwala Secondary School says
each student was expected to report with enough exercise
books, a ream of paper, school uniforms, shoes, and a dictionary,
among other supplies. However, many came empty-handed, with promises and excuses fording the school to send them back home.
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Ddamulira, the Deputy Headteacher of St Jude Senior Secondary School,
Kimanya-Kabonera division says the parents are more concerned about
sending back learners to school, without minding about what they are going to do or use when they get there. He adds that
they have also faced situations of students who have returned to schools but are so reluctant
to resume classes.
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Mbagatuzinde, the Deputy Headteacher at Blessed Sacrament Kimamya Secondary
School says that parents are using the long
COVID-19 induced lockdown as an excuse for their failure to provide school
requirements. He explains that parents have been allowed to pay school fees in instalments but provide all the other requirements.
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a parent from Lwengo district whose children go to St Jude Secondary School has
pleaded with the school administrators to be lenient with them, arguing that parents
were equally hit hard by the lockdown situation. He explains that many parents can no longer afford to keep the children at home, thereby preferring to take them back to schools as they look for money.