The ministry of education and sports has warned institutions to desist from pestering parents to provide facial masks for finalists.
This comes following several reports that schools are asking parents to provide as many as five facial masks and shields for their children ahead of the scheduled re-opening slated this morning.
Dr. Tony Mukasa Lusambu, the assistant commissioner of basic education at the education ministry says schools have no business forcing parents to provide masks for their children.
He says government promised to provide masks to each and every learner.
According to a circular dated October 13, 2020 issued by the education ministry permanent secretary, Alex Kakooza, the health ministry has already procured all the required masks and they are ready for collection.
Kakooza says the masks would be collected by vice-chancellors of different universities, heads of tertiary institutions and local government accounting officers from designated points.
A source from the education ministry says that the number of masks to be given will be informed by the number of finalists recorded in every district during the school re-opening inspection.
Before the masks are handed over, recipients will be expected to produce a form signed by the director of Basic Education, Ismail Mulindwa.
Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the health ministry spokesperson told journalists that over two million masks are ready for distribution. Ends.