By Sam Edunyu
As we draw closer to 5th October 2020, a date marked by the Ministry of Education and Sports for candidates and finalists in all learning institutions to resume academics, Teachers in Soroti city have expressed mixed feelings to this move.
This was expressed today at Soroti senior secondary school where only head teachers were scientifically gathered to celebrate the world teacher’s day under the theme: “teachers leading in crisis, reimagining the future.”
According to Samuel Ejoku Ojuka branch secretary UNATU in Soroti city, government has not considered teacher’s personal protection to guarantee their safety during this reopening of schools amidst fear of increasing cases of community transmission of covid19.
He said that the government has not distributed hand sanitizers to teachers and has not come out clearly to state whether teachers and learners will be tested before they resume schools since they will all come from different areas.
Alfred Enyidu the head teacher at Pioneer Primary school in Soroti city however said despite all these worries from both parents and teachers, reopening of schools cannot wait since the pandemic may not disappear soon.
He noted that the government must have carried out thorough research that the pandemic can be contained if candidate’s classes only are reopened. Enyidu emphasized that schools authorities should only embrace the SOP’s.
Meanwhile John Stephen Ekoom, the Resident District Commissioner Soroti who doubles as the head of the district covid19 task force said tomorrow 6th October 2020 the team from Ministry of Education and Sports shall meet with the technical covid19 task force and schools head teachers to assess the readiness of schools and some of their challenges.