Kabale Headteachers asked to prepare well for the Reopening of Schools.

Kabale Headteachers asked to prepare well for the Reopening of Schools.

By Alex Byakatonda.

With few days to the re-opening of schools, the Kabale Resident District Commissioner, Mr Godfrey Nyakahuma, has called on teachers in the district, to expect enormous challenges, since they are going to be interfacing with changed learners because of the two years they have spent out of school.

Nyakahuma, who was on Wednesday addressing head teachers of Primary schools in the district at the district Rukiiko hall, said that teachers should expect that some female learners have become, mothers and others are expecting, while the male learners have developed all sorts of behaviors, which the teachers need to find solutions for.
In what he termed as the “new Normal” Nyakahuma noted that teachers should not expected to operate in a comfort zone, saying that when the schools reopen, teachers are expected to exhibit the necessary commitment and sacrifice as well as incorporating a component of counselling and mind set change, so as to transform the learners into a manageable group.

Nyakahuma, also called on other school stakeholders to support their respective teachers, so as that they are able to takeoff and compensate for the lost time. He also observed the Covid-19 lockdown, has proved that teachers can provide better security to Uganda’s children than even their parents and guardians, since it has unearthed the evils perpetrated by some parents and guardians on their children.

The Acting Kabale district education officer, Moses Tumwijukye Bwengye, urged the head teachers to ensure that all teachers bring their vaccination certificates before they are allowed in schools, so that all those unvaccinated ones are sent back home. He however, who will be returned home for not being vaccinated, will be considered to have absconded from duty and an action taken against them.

The Kabale district Chief Administrative officer, Edmond Ntimba, emphasized that the lockdown and the closure of schools, have had devastating effects on both the parents and government and called on the school stakeholders to learn to live within the Covid-19 era.
He implored the head teachers to ensure that they get their teachers ready, with lesson plans and schemes of work and ensure strict observance to Covid-19 standard operating procedures.

Closing the meeting the district LC5 Vice Chairperson, Miria Akankwasa Tugume, commended government for continuing to pay the teachers, despite being in the lockdown. She also called on the head teachers to exhibit good leadership skills, while managing their schools, since the teachers and learners, have been exposed to various lifestyles.

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