At least 400 schools have been cleared to reopen for the candidate classes in Kampala following an inspection by the Education and Sports Ministry in collaboration with Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA.
Juliet Namuddu, the Director of Education and Social Services in KCCA, says the schools have fulfilled the guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs announced by the government to protect the learners from contracting COVID-19 while at school.
She says the approved schools will receive their certificates from the Directorate of Education Standards-DES this morning indicating that they have been cleared to reopen.
“We’ve just completed a meeting with a team from the directorate of education standards led by a commissioner to analyze our results of the inspection we have carried out so far. We received a new template of inspection last week from the directorate of education standards and we’ve been working together with inspectors to visit the schools in Kampala and ascertain whether or not they qualify for reopening,” Namuddu said.
According to Namuddu, the approved schools according to the new template of inspection will have to score at least 60% and above in order to obtain a go-ahead from the ministry. “Today, 400 schools in Kampala with receive approval for reopening and simultaneously get certificates tomorrow from their divisions,” Namuddu further clarified.
12 inspectors will also be expected tomorrow, 16th October, to work in Kawempe and Rubaga to help comb through the schools that have not yet been inspected, while 4 more inspectors will be working through Nakawa and Makindye. The process of inspection will be continuous to ensure that every school that meets the standards is given a green light.
Namuddu advised parents to ask school administrators for a certificate of compliance to ascertain whether they have been cleared to operate a day or boarding school.
She promised to issue the list of approved schools on Monday next week.