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Kampala: School under Investigation for Conducting Lessons during Lockdown, 24 Pupils Arrested

Police on Wednesday August 12, burst into a school that was violating the set Covid-19 guidelines through conducting lessons during the prevailing national lockdown on educational institutions.

The school under investigation is called Focus Primary School located in Kasokoso, Kira Municipality, Wakiso district and has been teaching P7 pupils.

Reports from the Kampala Metropolitan Police indicate that the school has been open and teaching contrary to rule 9(a) of the Ministry of Health Public Health (Control of Covid 19) Rules 2020 as amended.

Upon receiving an intelligence lead, Kampala Metropolitan Police said that a police team rushed to the school at about 11:30 am, reached the school and found classes going on normally.

“At the time of arrival at the school, pupils were attending lessons in class in big number of about 70,” said Luke Owoyesigire the deputy KMP spokesperson.

“The director identified as teacher Henry, who was in class teaching Religious Education, managed to notice police presence from a distance and escaped through the behind gate at the school and ran away,” added Owoyesigire.

There were other teachers at the school who managed to elude arrest as per the police report. These included a one teacher Brighton Wilson Ssalongo, Teacher James, Teacher Waiswa, and Kakaire David.

“About 70 pupils were in class and all of them were not putting on masks and were congested. When they saw police, most of them jumped out of class and took off. Only 24 children were picked to give police information on what has been happening. 21 of these are girls and 3 are boys,” reads the police statement in part.

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“Upon being interviewed, they revealed that they have been attending ordinary classes every week from Monday to Saturday with classes running from 6 am to 11 am since April, 2020,” said Luke Owoyesigire.

He added that “they further stated that they were paying fees for attending school.”

This school has been teaching all the primary school subjects ranging from Maths, English, SST, and Science.

Detectives also reviewed the pupil’s books and confirmed that indeed they have been studying all subjects and covering topics not mere revision.

Parents of the arrested pupils have been summoned for interrogation.

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

 

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