According to the guidelines, all staff and learners are required to wear face masks all the time. Schools are expected to ensure learners wash hands, observe the recommended social distance of 2 meters and record the body temperature of everyone in the schools.
teachers in Fort Portal Tourism City were arrested on Thursday morning for
failure to wear masks as schools reopened for finalists.
The teachers were
picked up as Kabarole Resident District Commissioner– RDC, Steven Asiimwe moved
around schools to ensure strict adherence to the guidelines issued by the
Education Ministry for the school reopening.
According to the guidelines, all staff and learners are
required to wear face masks all the time.
Schools are also expected to ensure
learners wash hands, observe the recommended social distance of 2 meters and record
the body temperature of everyone in the schools.
However, during the inspection on Thursday, Asiimwe found that as pupils
and students struggled to observe the guidelines in face masks, their teachers
were doing the opposite.
He ordered for the arrest of two teachers from
Kahungabunyonyi Primary School, two from Fort Portal International Nursing
School – FINS, two from Kabarole Adventist Secondary School and one from
Westville Secondary school.
He argued that the conduct of the teachers was exposing the learners
to the risk of contracting COVID19 and setting a bad example of flouting the
He promised to continue carrying out the inspection together
with police, saying everyone found within a school without observing the SOPs
will be arrested and prosecuted.
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Joshua Kagaba, the headteacher Kabarole Adventists Secondary School, said he
was happy with the teacher’s arrest. He notes that the whole of Wednesday, he
was in a meeting with his staff where he strongly emphasized the need for
strict adherence to the SOPs.
Kagaba said that the arrest of the teachers would serve as
an example to the rest of the teachers and students who were thinking of
flouting the guidelines. The affected
teachers are locked up at Kagote Police Station in Central Division Fort Portal.
On Tuesday, Fort Portal Tourism City education department cleared over 130
education institutions to reopen. However, the department stopped Tooro Boarding
Primary School and Fort Portal Islamic Primary School from reopening for failure
to meet the guidelines.