The affected schools include ten Government aided Primary Schools and a privately owned Secondary School. They are Wii-Aceng Primary School in, Loyo Awic Primary School, Lubangaber Primary School, Lakwana Primary School and Graceland Girls' Secondary School.
The acute water shortage in Omoro district is
singled out as one of factors that may hinder the reopening of a number of
According to the ministry of education inspection
guidelines, social distancing and availability of hand washing facilities with
flowing water are the two major areas that inspectors are critically looking for.
However, some schools are situated in areas with
acute water problems. Authorities have confirmed that over eleven
schools in Odek
Sub-County will not be able to receive learners due to absence of water in the
affected schools include ten Government aided Primary Schools and a privately
owned Secondary School. They are; Wii-Aceng Primary School in, Loyo Awic Primary
School, Lubangaber Primary School, Lakwana Primary School and Graceland Girls'
District Education Officer, Rev. Vincent Oceng Ocen, says the affected
schools won't be able to operate because their boreholes broke down while some
don’t have boreholes which is essential for washing of hands to prevent the
spread of COVID-19.
in: "Even schools will...
Cue out...going to open."//
March 2020, the ministry of water and environment permanent secretary issued a
circular to all water officers directing them to use the departmental sector
grants for the 2019/2020 financial year to repair all broken boreholes.
then Omoro authorities have been hunting for one billion shillings to
repair over 200 boreholes, but all in vain. Surprisingly, the ministry of water
ranks Omoro as one of the districts with a huge coverage of water.
Oryang, the Director of Graceland Girls' Secondary School, explains that the
government should have considered a collaborative approach by extending
financial support to private schools that have been hit hard by the impacat of the pro-longed
in: "How are we...
Cue out... about thirty percent."//
preparation for reopening, Omoro education officials inspected a total of 109
schools out of which 44 of them are ready to reopen and have been issued certificates
of compliance, while 64 including the 11 are still pending.
Otto Kasule, the Head teacher of Agung Secondary School in neighbouring Nwoya
District says the school lacks adequate infrastructure ahead of reopening.
Kasule revealed that the school has only four classroom blocks and a laboratory
which would make social distancing rules impossible.
in the neighboring District of Gulu, education authorities are still conducting
inspection of the schools to ensure compliance. Sunday Braxton Ojara, the
Acting DEO says they are still inspecting the 84 both government and government aided
in: "We are yet...
Cue out...in the district."//
parents have weighed in with mixed reactions towards the Government's move to
allow schools resume without proper planning amid increased COVID-19 community
transmissions in the country. Some parents implored the government to consider a dead
year for all schools to enable proper and sustainable planning.
Government through the Ministry of Education and Sports has scheduled October
15 for candidate classes to resume studies across the country after six months
of interruption caused by the global outbreak of COVID-19.