By Ronald Acema

Five Primary Schools in Koboko District are at the risk of not reopening on Thursday 15th. October this year over failure to meet the minimum requirements set by the Ministry of Education and Sports in conjunction with the Health Ministry to contain the spread of Covid 19.

The acting District Education officer Koboko Wayi Dragamulai who identified the Schools as Ruchuko Primary School, Aunga, Kela, Waju and Ponyura Parents Primary School says, the findings from the inspection team indicates that, the affected schools have not met the minimum standards to put in place by the Government ahead of the planned reopening exercise for candidate classes.
” They have scored below 60% which is the minimum percentage required by the Ministry to allow a school to reopen. Some of them have bushy compounds while others have no sanitizers and temperature guns, so we shall still visit them on Wednesday 14th October 2020 to reinspect and see what will happen”. says the acting District Education officer Koboko District Local Government.
The Headteacher of Ponyura Parents Primary School Jackson Baiga has attributed the condition of the school to financial challenges which has limited the school from acquiring some of the items needed by the Ministry of Education and Sports before the School is issued with a certificate of Compliance and allowed to reopen for candidates.
“For us, we get our funds from Partners such as UNHCR because this School is still a Community School so we had a meeting with them ( the partners) and they told us that,they will give a feedback before Monday next week so we are still waiting to hear from them” explained Jackson Baiga the HeadTeacher of Ponyura Parents Primary School.
The Sub county Chairperson of Lobule David Yuma however, fears that, the continued stay of learners at home due to lockdown has come with associated challenges to the Parents and other Education stake holders.
Over one Million Candidates and finalists are expected to be in learning Institutions across the country as Educations Institutions reopen on 15 October after nearly seven months of Closure by President Museveni due to the outbreak of Corona Virus Pandemic. end