The Ugandan Wire has learnt that a section of schools owners and administrators are up in arms saying the COVID-19 SOPs put in place ahead of the schools re-opening on Monday 1st March will be hard to implement. The schools are preparing to open for semi-candidate classes who have been in lockdown for a full year now.
The administrators have insisted that SOPs such as the 2-metre social distancing directive for classes and dormitories will be hard to implement citing limited infrastructure for the said condition.
“The said directive requires that we employ more teachers and staff on top of building more structures to accommodate the students. This is costly and we can’t manage it.” A school head teacher who preferred anonymity told this Website in a phone conversation.
“Nobody would not want these SOPs to stay but given the circumstances under which schools in Uganda operate, both government and private, a few SOPs are likely to fail,” Mr Silver Nuwagaba, an officer at Promoting Equality in African Schools, told the press on the same.
Yesterday, at a press conference held at State House Entebbe, First Lady Janet Museveni, the Minister of Education, appealed to schools to adhere to new guidelines on SOPs released by the Ministry of Education.