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Police investigate school that has been open during lockdown

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Added 13th August 2020 08:06 AM

The school director and other teachers apparently fled upon getting wind of the arrival of Police. Parents have been summoned for interrogation.

Police investigate school that has been open during lockdown

Kampala Metropolitan deputy spokesman, Luke Owoyesigyire (right) says they are investigating the matter. (File photo)

The school director and other teachers apparently fled upon getting wind of the arrival of Police. Parents have been summoned for interrogation.

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Police investigations are under way into a case of a school in Wakiso district that has reportedly been conducting classes during the lockdown period.

In a statement, Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said a team from Police stormed Focus Primary School and found classes "going on normally".

The school director and other teachers apparently fled upon getting wind of the arrival of Police. Parents have been summoned for interrogation, Police added.

Schools in Uganda have officially been closed since the beginning of the lockdown to prevent to spread of the coronavirus, with virtual learning the order of the day as officials forge a way forward.

Below is the full statement by Police:

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Kira Police Division are investigating allegations of doing a negligent act likely to spread an infection of disease.

Kira Division Police have today 12 /08/2020 received information that , Focus primary school located in Kasokoso Kira Municipality, Wakiso district was open and teaching contrary to rule 9(a) of the ministry of Health PUBLIC HEALTH (Control of Covid 19) Rules 2020 as amended.

Upon this information, a police team rushed to the school. At about 11:30 am, they reached the school and found classes going on normally.

At the time of arrival at the school, pupils were attending lessons in class in a big number of about 70.

The director of the school, teacher Henry, who was in class teaching Religious Education, managed to notice police presence from a distance and escaped through the behind small gate at the school and ran away.

Other teachers also managed to take off before arrest. These included Teacher Brighton Wilson Ssalongo, Teacher James, Teacher Waiswa, and Kakaire David.

In the class, there were about 70 pupils, all of whom were not putting on masks and congested.

Others children jumped out of class and took off. Only 24 children were picked to give police information of what has been going on in the school. [Twenty-one] 21 of these are girls and [three] 3 boys.

Upon interview, children revealed that, they have been attending ordinary classes every week from Monday to Saturday with classes running from 0600hrs to 1100hrs since April this 2020.

They further stated that they were paying money to the school for the services of attending school.

They have been studying all the primary school subjects ranging from Maths, English, SST and Science.

All these children were P7 candidates.

Upon review of their books, it was discovered that these pupils have been studying all subjects and covering topics, not revision, and the dates of lessons in books run from May to date.

Investigations have been instituted into the matter. Parents have been summoned for interrogation.

Efforts are on to arrest the director of the school and the teachers who have been teaching.

Asp Luke Owoyesigyire
Deputy PRO KMP
12/8/2020

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