By Alex Baluku
There is joy at most secondary and primary schools in Kasese district
as learners return to their respective institutions of learning
after almost two years of closure.
On Wednesday March 18, 2020, President Museveni announced the closure
of schools following the prevalence of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic
and subsequently all institutions of learning officially closed on
March 20, 2020.
However, in his end of year message on December 31, 2021, President
Museveni said schools would fully reopen yesterday.
On Monday morning, our news desk dispatched a team of reporters to all
the constituencies across the district to ascertain the situation on
the very first day of reopening.
At Kamaiba Primary School in Kasese town, 600 pupils including 400
girls and 200 girls reported according to the Head teacher, Rev.
At Kasese Primary school, at least 300 pupils out of 600 had turned up
according to Rev. Fr Joseph Mbusa, the Education Secretary for the
Diocese of Kasese, who was also found in the field inspecting the
schools founded by the Catholic Church.
At Kasese High School in Kasese town, our reporter only saw one
student in school while at Kasese Junior School, there was no
difference. Only one pupil was seen in class and seriously attended to
by a teacher.
At Katiri Primary School in Bulembia Division, only 112 pupils turned
up out of 624 while at Bulembia Primary, 85 out 730 pupils turned up.
At Kitabona Primary School in Kyarumba sub-county, only 120 pupils out
of 470 reported with 06 teachers, according to Jackson Mughuruka, the
Chairperson Board of Directors while at Rwenguhyo primary school in
Kisinga Town Council, 250 pupils out of 704 reported to the
institution with all the 16 teachers, according to the school’s Head
teacher, Francis Muhindo Kalhungulha.
In Mpondwe- Lhubiriha Town Council, at least 351 pupils out of 650
were seen at Kitalikibi Primary School in total observance of the
Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures, according to Eliab Bwambale
Kakundese, the School’s Head teacher.
Meanwhile in Busongora County North, Ven. Wilson Kighoma Nzaghale, the
Archdeacon for Rwesande Archdeaconry, who also doubles as a teacher
reports that during his inspection exercise at Kyabarungira primary
school in Kyabarungira sub-county, it was discovered that only 178
pupils and 11 teachers turned up for classes.
At Ngome Vocational Secondary School in Kyondo sub-county, 29 students
and 06 teachers reported at the institution, and at Ngome primary
School, 174 pupils and 10 teachers turned up while Kalikikaliki
primary school, 209 pupils and 13 teachers out of 15 were seen at the
institution according to the Sub-county Councilor representing Ibimbo
Parish, Erinasani Masereka.
Our reporter also visited Muhokya Internally Displaced Camp to
ascertain if they the victims of school going age did go to school but
the story was negative. According to Rehema Aryema, the Camp
Secretary, most of the pupils did not go to school because their
parents failed to meet the requirements.
Aryema also told our reporter that out of 110 pupils in their
candidate classes in the camp only 0.01% went to their respective
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