Omoro schools struggle to implement SOPs as classes resume


Students have resumed classes after 7 months of hometaying. Daily Monitor photo.

“Here (Omoro district), others have failed to meet the SOPs, and they were not allowed to reopen until they meet that standards,” Daniel Ojara, TND News correspondent.

Omoro—16 October 2020: Coronavirus has brought several burdens to the institutions like schools, markets and churches as they were, after seven months of shutdown directed to follow strict SOPs issued by the Ministry of Health in fighting further surge and deaths.

Government early last month allowed resumption of classes for candidates and finalists in secondary schools and higher institutions of learning countrywide.

These institutions reopened on 15 October 2020, with more than 60% of other learners staying home till further notice.

However, in Omoro district—Northern Uganda, many schools are failing to implement Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), a requirement demanded by government and Ministry of Education and Sports for any school to be allowed to resume.

Among the SOPs required of a school are hand washing facilities, schools should be fenced, wearing of facemasks by all the learner’s and teachers (entire staff), and social distancing while in classes.

“Here (Omoro district), others have failed to meet the SOPs, and they were not allowed to reopen until they meet that standards,” Daniel Ojara, TND News correspondent based in Omoro reports.

Rev. Vincent Ocheng Ocen, the Omoro district education officer (DEO) while giving the guidelines to the school administrators recently noted that any school that will not meet the SOPs shall not be allowed to reopen.

His directive forced other school administrators to start putting an emergency fence around the school compound.

But on the first day, many schools in Omoro district received few numbers of learners back.


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