By Kyamanduma Patrick
Meanwhile, Several learners returned to school this morning without basic requirements including books as the new academic year started after a two months break.
Teachers in selected schools across the country told reporters that a sizeable majority of the learners reported to school without or with just half of the required items.
The development comes amidst public outcry on the unrealistic demands for requirements by schools.
Learners in some schools are required to report with laboratory equipment, library reference books, brooms, hoes, panga’s, slashers, paint, cement, and toilet paper among others, on top of a long list of scholastic materials.
Hassan Gombe, the head teacher of Mulago High School says that usually, learners without the necessary supplies are sent home. However, he adds that in a situation where the majority of students showed up without requirements, sending them home appeared inappropriate. Mr. Hassan on learners …..
Harriet Nabisubi, the head teacher of Ngandu Community School in Mukono district noted that the majority of her learners did not come with writing materials, and a few reported with just one or two books.
However, Nabisubi added that it was better for the parents to send their children to school early and that the issue of requirements can be addressed as the term progresses. Ms. Harriet on scholastics……
Another parent John Bulega said although the performance in UPE schools is poor, he had no choice but to transfer his five children to the government school over high requirements and fees. John Bulega on UPE….
Juliet Nabirye, the head teacher of Makerere Primary School, says that some learners with outstanding balances from the previous term also reported without clearing. END.