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SCHOOL REOPENING: Kampala Parents School reopens gates for learners as parents flock school for placements

Parents were seen flocking the the school for placements for their pupils at Kampala Parents School

KAMPALA —The Kampala Parents School (KPS) has fully reopened her gates to all learners—returning to much sought-after pre-pandemic learning—but in respect to Covid-19 containment protocols announced by both Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health.

Learning sessions for pupils from kindergarten to Primary school resumed on January 10, and pupils with parents and guardians were seen flocking the Kololo-based elite school for placements—in a back to school phenomenon not witnessed in Uganda for nearly two years.

Kampala Parents School whose registration for all the interested parties is ongoing, is a mixed primary school in Kampala, a day school following the Uganda curriculum.

Principal Mrs Daphine Kato said both teachers and staff worked hard to get ready for students to return school.

Mrs Kato said the school will be following and implementing all government reopening guidelines and measures.

These include putting up health and safety posters in schools, requiring masks for all pupils and staff, enhanced cleaning, ensuring social distancing, and improving hand washing facilities.

New measures require that classrooms should have appropriate physical distance between learners to curb the spread of Covid-19.

A spot check at Kampala Parents School on Monday, this reporter saw all the staff, pupils and their parents being subjected to mandatory temperature screening while sitting arrangements have been rearranged to meet social distancing protocols.

Uganda’s schools have been fully or partially shut for more than 83 weeks, the world’s longest disruption, according to figures from the U.N. cultural agency.

The shutdown affected more than 16 million learners.

The East African country of 44 million people first shut down its schools in March 2020, shortly after the first coronavirus case was confirmed on the African continent.

Some classes were reopened to students in February 2021, but a total lockdown was imposed again in June as the country faced its first major surge.

While many students returning to school are believed to have had no help during the lockdown, KPS last year offered to take primary seven pupils back to class on NTV Uganda through live lessons at a free cost.

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