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President Museveni has advised teachers and students more so those who commute to and from school to be very vigilant. FILE PHOTO

President Museveni says Vigilance is needed for commuting teachers and students when schools reopen on 15th October.

With schools set to reopen on 15th October, President Museveni has advised teachers and students more so those who commute to and from school to be very vigilant as they carry out their operations in a bid to avoid contracting the coronavirus.

The President made the remarks while officiating at the National Celebrations to mark the International Teachers’ Day. He urged teachers and students travelling to and from schools to avoid crowded places especially the use of public vehicles.

Museveni who was first to cite loopholes in the procedure suggested that if possible, schools can organize and accommodate their teacher’s space in empty classrooms rather than having them loiter in and out of school.

‘’Teachers should also be careful as they move from home to school. I would suggest that if it is possible, schools can have the arrangement to accommodate teachers at school since there will be enough space as only candidate classes will be using the school,’’ the President said.

Museveni however, was proud to say that since the lockdown was first issued on schools in March, the country has not reported any child that has died from the virus.

He explained that as per his comparisons, Uganda tops the chart of the best countries in the entire world to fight against the coronavirus. He said that unlike most top countries that are surrounded by water, Uganda has land borders.

‘’I think Uganda is number 1 in the whole world in the fight against COVID-19 according to me. LANCET was comparing Uganda to South Korea. We have land borders which are difficult to manage yet South Korea is surrounded by water and North Korea where no one can cross to and from there.” 

‘’In the 7 months that we have had the pandemic, I have not heard that a child has died from Corona Virus. Some may have got pregnant which is indeed terrible, but at least they did not die, death is irreversible,’’ Museveni said.

museveni schools set to reopen
President Museveni has advised teachers and students more so those who commute to and from school to be very vigilant. FILE PHOTO

As a result, the President called upon all Ugandans to be inspectors of those who fail to comply to the Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) especially in the public transport sector where he said individuals have consistently remained complacent.

‘’What worries me however is the consistent complacency by our people, now that we are opening schools, I call upon the transporters to observe SOPs such that our dear children can be transported safely. To everyone in Uganda, please be inspectors of COVID compliance in the transport sector. If someone is not following the regulations, you can boycott them. All this is to protect our children. ‘’

Meanwhile, speaking about the issue of homeschooling, the President who was first to lash at critics saying that the initiative is less effective explained that it allows many rural students to acquire knowledge from good teachers in well-established schools.

Museveni highlighted that the government is still focused on ensuring that every family gets access to a radio to enable the proper effectiveness of long-distance learning as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘’Meanwhile, for the rest of the children home, every family will get a radio to enable long-distance learning. I know many have lambasted this program, yes it might not be perfect, but has some advantages, for instance; one good teacher can be shared by many students who were not in his school. Also, it is better than dying. ‘’