Kakooza noted that they will continue monitoring school’s adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs and if any is found non-compliant, they might be closed again.
The Education Ministry will continue monitoring the school’s adherence to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in a bid to prevent any coronavirus contractions that might arise among school-going children.
Following Government’s decision to reopen education institutions on 15th October 2020, starting with the candidate and final year classes, the Directorate of Education Standards (DES) working with the local Governments have since been conducting a targeted inspection of all institutions.
The focus of the inspection is to ensure the readiness of education institutions to effectively implement guidelines and the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the Ministry of Education and Sports on 24th September 2020.
The exercise that concluded on Saturday 17th October 2020 indicated that all education institutions which scored at least 60% were issued with a Certificate of Compliance authorizing them to reopen. Institutions which scored 50% to 59% were given a week to adjust to all basic requirements in response to the SOPs.
According to Alex Kakooza, the Ministry of Education and Sports permanent secretary, these institutions will be reassessed after one week and if found compliant, will also be allowed to reopen. He said that institutions which could not raise at least 50% of the requirements were not allowed to resume activities.
‘’Institutions that have scored below 50% are considered unready and are not allowed to open because they pose a high risk of the spread of Covid-19 among the learners and school staff. It is important to note that more than 80% of the schools in the 148 Local Governments which have so far submitted inspection results qualified to open and less than 1% do not meet the requirements to reopen.’’
Mr Kakooza however, noted that even though many schools have been allowed to resume activities, they will continue monitoring their adherence to the COVID-19 safety measures and if any is found non-compliant, they might be closed again.
‘’In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, we will be rolling out a countrywide programme of training all education institution managers and selected staff at sub country level on the better appreciation of the SOPs for effective implementation,’’ Kakooza noted.
‘’To support effective implementation of SOPs, the government through Ministry of Education and Sports and the Ministry of Health, is distributing two standard face masks to all learners in both public and private education institutions so far 74 districts have picked masks for schools in their respective jurisdiction,’’ he added.