Private schools, parents protest closure of Kindergarten classes.


Last week the Minister for Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni closed Kindergarten classes till corona virus is kicked out of Uganda, this has forced private schools and parents in Masindi district to protest demanding for that level of education to be considered.

Ms. Agnes Atugonza a resident of Kikwanana cell in Nyangahya Division Masindi Municipality says that since the closure of schools due to corona virus, there children have become a problem in the community compared when they were schooling. 

The angry parent has appealed to the government also to consider reopening the Kindergarten notes that people is now used of corona virus, and it’s stay.

Ms. Enid Mbabazi a parents says, they don’t have people who will keep their children at home compared to school that’s why she is appealing to government to consider reopening the kindergarten classes. She notes that once kindergarten resumes their children will be greened, yet, they are growing older.

Mr. Suaib Uthuman the head teacher Uthuman Nursery and Primary notes that the effect of suspending the kindergarten classes will be felt by all stakeholders including the learners, parents, and the proprietors. On learners, he notes that they will miss many things for their development as children.
He also notes, most proprietors were depending on loan to run schools, and many have lost their schools to money lenders due to closure of kindergarten classes.

Mr. John Kyamanywa the head teacher Asaba School says it’s hard for learners who have missed kindergarten to catch up with upper classes, and it’s a challenge both to learners and teachers. He has therefore appealed to government to consider reopening the kindergarten classes.

On finance, Mr. Rafael Ongom the head teacher Light School noted that they are experiencing a challenge in running the school since they have a big number of learners in the Kindergarten. 

The Masindi District Education Officer Mr. Francis Kyomuhendo has noted those children who miss kindergarten classes lack socialization, and they are greatly affected in upper classes. He has therefore appealed to parents to purchase Early Childhood Materials for their children as they wait for government to consider reopening them.