Schools Reopen Today, Monday 10th January

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After two years of lockdown and children not going to school, school officially commence today as per the directive of the Ministry of Education and Sports.

It is a beehive of activities across the country as excited students, pupils, parents and teachers make their way to schools. #COVID19 standard SOPs have been put in place.

The Ministry of Education and Sports had said schools should not charge more school fees than the ones that they charged before lockdown, many schools have given a deaf ear to this and gone ahead to increase fees. On top of school fees, the requirement lists are exorbitant.

At Gulu Public Primary School, the turn-up is still low. The school administration hopes the numbers will increase as the week goes by,” says our correspondent Benson Ongom from Gulu

Schools have reopened in Soroti. Okedi David, the DOS at Soroti Senior Secondary School, says they are ready to receive the children and have put in place different #COVID19 SOPs to ensure the children are safe as they return and during the term,” he spoke to our correspondent Eddy Enuru.

Students started reporting at about 6:45 am. Most of the COVID-19 guidelines are being followed at majority of the schools. The major challenge is social distancing, especially in the classrooms,” Sangi Mara in Arua

At St. James Secondary School, Jinja: Here, the students are already in class, ready to begin their lessons. The Deputy headteacher Carol Mirembe says they trained the teachers and briefed them to accept the pregnant students back to class,” Hakim Kanyere our correspondent from Jinja.

At Aga Khan Primary School: Parents are not allowed beyond the school gate. Children are expected to have their masks on, wash their hands, and have their temperatures taken as they get into the school,” Shamim Nabakooza our reporter reports.

Most of the schools in Lira have maintained the school fees they were charging pre-COVID19. However, what has happened is that the schools are demanding a lot of requirements from the parents,” Isaac Otwii reports from Lira