By Moses Muruli

MASINDI: The head teacher of Kiyuya Seed secondary school in Pakanyi Sub County in Masindi district, Joseph Rukundo has refuted reports that his school has failed to observe the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

This followed a revelation by the district Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)   Phiona Sanyu during a meeting for education stakeholders from the district and official re-opening of schools at the educational hall earlier this week that Kiyuya Seed secondary school was among the schools in the district that had re-opened without putting in place the facilities for enforcing the SOPs despite receiving funds from government for the purpose.

She accordingly directed the district health officer Patrick Baguma to close such schools.

However while speaking during the inspection of the on-going renovation of the structures at the school by the district engineer in charge building and construction  John Muhumuza  Wednesday, Rukundo dismissed  the reports as untrue saying  part of the 48 million shillings  that the government sent to the school, 1.5 was used to buy the requirements  for the enforcement  of  SOPs  and it was properly utilized.

Rukundo added that all the requirements were put in place before the re-opening of the school and was able to see temperature guns, sanitizers, liquid soap among other items. The head teacher added that the school’s staff were all vaccinated and no one was allowed to access its premises without a vaccination card.

Edward Birakurataki, the chairperson board of governors of Kiyuya Seed secondary school also refuted the allegations revealing that on several occasions he has been in touch with the school and in their meetings they resolved to put in place all the requirements for enforcing the SOPs.

He said he was however shocked by the reports that the school was among those not enforcing the SOPs.

Speaking about the ongoing projects at the school, Muhumuza revealed that Kiyuya Seed secondary school got 48 million shillings for the renovation of its infrastructure and that in a period of two weeks works shall be completed. He noted that more money is still needed to work on other things at the school citing putting in place a gate and flooring some classrooms among others.

The facilities being renovated include a 5 class room block, an administration block, a main hall and a playground.

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