By Wednesday out of over 200 education institutions distributed across Masaka district, the assessment team had inspected 174 centers, and had only issued 100 certificates of compliance to schools that passed the compliance tests.
Masaka district has failed to complete the inspection exercise of
schools to gauge their readiness and ability to implement Standard Operating
candidates and finalists reopened today after seven months of closure following
the outbreak of the Covid-19.
The Ministry of Education in a circular to Districts and
Municipalities Education Officers and the Resident District Commissioners
demanded that all schools are inspected and certificates of compliance are issued
before they reopen.
However, in Masaka district, some of the schools are reopening
before they are inspected.
By Wednesday evening, out of over 200 education institutions across
Masaka district, the assessment team had inspected 174 schools and had only
issued 100 certificates of clearance.
Gerald Nsambu, the Masaka District Principal Inspector of Schools
pleads that their team could not reach out to all schools in the shortest
period, arguing that some of them will be inspected after they have reopened.
According to Nsambu, they have acted on a presumption that all
government-aided schools have the capacities to put in place the required
safety measures after they received financial support from the government.
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Cue out;….performance levels.”//
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Nsambu adds their teams are going to continue with the inspection exercise
throughout the week.
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Cue out; ….muntu n’omu.”//
Happy Biira Molly, the Masaka District Deputy Internal Security
Officer who was also part of the school inspection team has challenged parents
to demand compliance certificates from schools.
She indicates that despite government intervention, parents ought
to also play a key role in preventing the spread of the virus by providing some
preventive gears to their children.
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Cue out; ….mubitadde munkola.”//
Some of the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Educations requires
schools to have in place among other things; temperature monitoring equipment,
foot-operated hand washing facility at every block, a Covid-19 situation
management committee, provision of a fence or barrier and guards to restrict
entry to and exit from the premises; some of which have proven challenging to