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Schools In Acholi Ill-prepared For Reopening

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COVID-19 Task Forces in Acholi sub region have expressed fear on the presidential directive to reopen schools on Monday after three months of lock down saying most learning institutions in the region are ill-prepared

The President Yoweri Museveni said that education institutions will open on June 4 to only finalists in Primary seven, Senior four, Senior six and those in their final years in Universities and Tertiary Institutions.

However, Gulu and Pader district Task Force Teams expressed concerns on how learners will be protected from COVID-19 in schools.

Gulu Task Force headed by Maj. Santo Okot Lapolo, the Gulu Resident District Commissioner says the team was yet to be presented with the guidelines that will be followed ahead of the reopening of schools next week.

Gulu RDC Maj Okot Santo Lapolo

They also expressed concerns that some of the students would be coming from high risk areas, enforcement of social distancing among the learners would be a challenge and also noted that there is inadequate testing kits for all the learners.

Pader district education officer, Francis Olwoch told Mega Fm that most schools in the district lack the basic requirements needed to ensure safety of people in schools including hand washing facilities, sanitizers and temperature guns.

On Monday, the Ministry of Education and Sports asked for more time to develop and present guidelines that will be followed ahead of the reopening of schools.

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