The police have arrested four primary school headteachers in Tororo district for conducting lessons for lower classes, despite closure of schools. The school heads were arrested on Tuesday during an operation by the Covid-19 District Task Force.
According to the school calendar for non-candidate classes, P.1 to P.3 pupils are expected to go back to school starting 7th June and complete the last term of 2020 academic year on 24th July 2021.
Those arrested have been identified as Kulusum Ali of Star Light primary and Nursery school, Rose Ofwono, the headteacher of Special Plan Kindergarten day-care, Emmanuel Edule the Prime View Primary School headteacher and Rebecca Nandutu, the headteacher of Oguti primary school.
According to Tororo District Deputy RDC Yahaya Were, they received reports about schools sneaking in learners from other classes, which is against the Ministry of Education and Health guidelines.
Apart from conducting illegal lessons, Were says schools were also not adhering to the covid-19 standard operating procedures-SOPs that include wearing face masks and observing social distance.
Were, vowed to continue with the operation to crack down schools that are flouting the guidelines.
Local governments through the education inspection unit and working with the area covid-19 task force have been tasked to ensure that schools both private and the public don’t flout the set SOPs and school calendar.