IGANGA – School owners across the country are gearing up for the opening of schools following their closure over six months ago. The schools that this reporter visited are busy installing hand washing gadgets and others equipment necessary to curb the spread of the deadly corona virus.
When PML Daily visited Iganga Progressive Secondary School found in Iganga Municipality, there was a buzz of activity with the school’s head teacher Badru Edodi supervising the installation of the hand washing gadgets.
“We are ready to follow the ministry of Health and the Presidential guidelines on Covid 19. We plan to have at least six hand washing equipment at the school campus and we have also procured a temperature gun,” Edodi said.
He advised fellow teachers across the country to comply with the Ministry of Health and presidential directives to facilitate resumption of schools.
Salimu Mudiba, a teacher at the school, said as teachers, they are ready to follow guidelines on the re-opening of schools.
“Owing to what we saw in the National Resistance Movement (NRM) primaries with people lining up in droves and without masks, I don’t think there is any problem with re-opening schools,” Mudiba said.
He castigated a section of legislators who are calling for a dead year, saying such MPs are indifferent to the teachers’ plight.
“One wonders what these legislators really want. They have been calling upon the President to open schools but when he gave a nod to the re-opening of schools, the same legislators are crying foul and advocating for a dead year,” Mudiba said.
President Yoweri Museveni closed schools on March 20 as a way of curbing the spread of the deadly corona virus. For the last six months, private teachers have been living on the edge with many of them failing to fend for their families.
While many resorted to odd jobs like laying bricks and working at construction sites, the weak ones decided to take their own lives by committing suicide.