Universities are not adhering to the Covid-19 Standard Operating
Last month, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ordered for the commencement of learning for
candidates in Primary seven, senior four, senior six and finalists in tertiary
institutions and universities. The learners reported to their respective
schools on October 15.
The President said that the schools should observe the standard
operating procedures to protect the learners from contracting COVID-19 while at
school. The SOPs include wearing a mask during lessons, putting in place
several hand washing stations preferably at the entrance of every classroom and
points of entry and having temperature guns to enable them to screen learners
In the first week of reopening, many universities enforced strict adherence to the SOPs, however, some universities have relaxed implementing the measures.
At Makerere University senate building, there is a hand washing
facility, but the Uganda Radio Network reporter did not see the students and
lecturers washing their hands.
The person in- charge of registration and measuring temperatures at the Senate Building,
who preferred anonymity, says that he finds a hard time telling people to wash
their hands or to sanitize.
David Ouma a student of Makerere University says that adhering to COVID-19 SOPs
has drastically reduced. He adds that even in class, few students wear masks.
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Davis Alimpa a student at Makerere University Business School- MUBS
says that the students and lecturers have relaxed adhering to the SOPs.
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At Kampala International University, URN reporter saw more than 20
students not wearing face masks.
Janet Biira a student Guild Speaker at KIU says that in the first
week when the university re-opened, the school administration was strict, but
they have now relaxed on the enforcement.
At Kyambogo, YMCA and Nakawa Vocational Institute, more than 10 students were
seen in groups without observing social distancing and were not wearing masks.