By Alex Baluku

KASESE: There was joy at most secondary and primary schools in Kasese district as learners returned to their respective institutions of learning after almost two years of closure.

On Monday morning, news desk dispatched a team of reporters to all the constituencies across the district to ascertain the situation on the very first day of reopening.

At Kamaiba Primary School in Kasese town, 600 pupils including 400 girls and 400 girls reported according to the Head teacher, Rev. Benjamin Bwambale while at Kasese Primary school, at least 300 pupils out of 600 had turned up.

At Katiri Primary School in Bulembia Division, only 112 pupils turned up out of 624 while at Bulembia Primary, 85 out 730 pupils turned up. At Kitabona Primary School in Kyarumba sub-county, only 120 pupils out of 470 reported with 06 teachers.

According to Jackson Mughuruka, the Chairperson Board of Directors while at Rwenguhyo primary school in Kisinga Town Council, 250 pupils out of 704 reported to the institution with all the 16 teachers. Francis Muhindo Kalhungulha the head teacher in Mpondwe- Lhubiriha Town Council, at least 351 pupils out of 650 were seen at Kitalikibi Primary School in total observance of the Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures.

Archdeacon for Rwesande Archdeaconry, who also doubles as a teacher reports that during his inspection exercise at Kyabarungira primary school in Kyabarungira sub-county, it was discovered that only 178 pupils and 11 teachers turned up for classes.

At Ngome Vocational Secondary School in Kyondo sub-county, 29 students and 06 teachers reported at the institution, and at Ngome primary School, 174 pupils and 10 teachers turned up while Kalikikaliki primary school, 209 pupils and 13 teachers out of 15 were seen at the institution according to the Sub-county Councilor representing Ibimbo Parish, Erinasani Masereka.

However, at Kasese High School in Kasese town, our reporter only got only one student in school while at Kasese Junior School, there was no difference, only one pupil was seen in class being attended to by a teacher.

When our reporter visited Muhokya Internally Displaced Camp to ascertain if they the victims of school going age did go to school, the story was negative.

According to Rehema Aryema, the Camp Secretary, most of the pupils did not go to school because their parents failed to meet the requirements. Rehema also told that out of 110 pupils in their candidate classes in the camp only 0.01% went to their respective schools.

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