Information Minister Nabakooba warns private schools, If you are unable to reopen, tell parents to take their kids to government schools.
The Minister of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and National Guidance, Judith Nabakooba has urged private schools that cannot reopen due to effects posed by the COVID-19 to advise parents concerned to take their students to government schools.
The Minister made the remarks in response to a question about private schools that have raised demands to the government to facilitate them financially due to the effects posed on them by the pandemic.
Schools continue to say that phased reopening is costly because it brings in fewer funds due to the few numbers in schools and yet at the same time they spend much on feeding and other operating costs.
However, while speaking during a weekly press briefing at the ministry head office, Nabakooba said that schools that are constrained and are unable to reopen in time should allow parents to take their children to other schools.
“If you feel that you are constrained, and you cannot be in position to begin the term on March 1, kindly advise the parents to take their children to government schools,” Nabakooba said.
She suggested that private schools should follow up on the matter of relief funds with the education ministry to see how they can fast track the pledge.
Meanwhile, she begged them to make use of the available resources to ensure that students resume school in time because many have already been constrained by the long stay at the home holiday.
“The best way should be for their leaders (private schools) to follow up the matter with the line ministry of education and sports to see how they can first track the pledge, but as of now the best thing for them is to work around the clock to see that the schools can be reopened,” the minister suggested.
“You must remember that students have been at home for almost a year and they are anxious to return to school, but meanwhile as you demand a stimulus package if you feel that you are not in position to open, kindly advise the parents to take their children to government schools,” she added.