Private school owners under their new mother body, the Association of owners of private schools are demanding that the government allow the semi candidates to return to school.
Speaking at the launch of the private school owners associations and SACCO in Kampala today, the chairperson of the association, Kironde Mike reveals that even though the government allowed schools to re-open for candidate classes, they are finding it hard to finance school operations.
Kironde attributed the financial difficulty to the low numbers of learners in the schools who now need several services that need huge sums of money.
Kironde further challenged school owners to start considering investing in other business ventures which can help them in times of emergencies.
However, the state minister for higher education, J.C. Muyingo asks school owners to fulfill the set SOPs in the running pilot reopening phase before the government moves on to allowing other classes to return.
Muyingo further revealed to private school owners that there are emerging reports reaching the government showing a fast rate of laxity by schools in enforcing covi19 SOPs which the minister warns that puts learners at risk.
He confirms receiving a call from one of the inspectors in Luwero and Luuka district expressing concern over the high levels of laxity by school when it came to enforcing SOPs in schools. The concern further stressed that learners and teachers were not wearing masks, some schools did not have sanitizers, disinfected water.
The minister now cautions school heads and owners to love their life and that of the learners, business warning that if they fail to comply, they risk being closed again.
And on the issue of the newly formed private school owners association and SACCO, he reminded them to exhibit the highest levels of transparency and accountability while keeping members’ money to avoid crashing just like other SACCOS have fallen victims.
The association is now targeting 10,000 members in the first three years with hopes of attracting all the existing 100,000 private schools across the country.
They also plan to have their head offices in Nakulabye a Kampala suburb with regional offices to follow
Which will handle issues from school owners in the respective regions as they arise.