As the country struggles to contain the spread of the Ebola Sudan strain that has partly paralysed business, among other activities, parents and school authorities in Mubende and Kyegegwa districts are left in dilemma.
The case of parents withdrawing children from school despite the government assurance for non-restriction on movement and public gatherings in areas that have registered positive cases of Ebola and the limited budgets to cope with the new standard operating procedures (SOPs) guidelines is at the centre of play.
In Mubende, where several primary schools at Madudu and Kiruuma sub-counties have registered less than 5 percent pupil turn up, teachers have been left with empty classes while a section of parents claim the learning environment is unsafe until the epidemic is brought under control.
Mr Henry Sunday Kosea, the head teacher of Madudu CoU Primary School, said the empty classes for a school with a total enrollment of 692 pupils is a big worry at a time when pupils and teachers are planning for Primary Leaving Examinations and other promotional exams.
“Today (yesterday), we received only 27 pupils and had none in Primary Six. The fact that our pupils come from villages that have registered deaths as a result of the Ebola disease partly explains the situation,” Mr Kosea said.
He said the conditions have brought back the Covid-19 lockdown memories that left the schools closed for about two years.
At St Kizito Madudu R/C Primary School in Madudu, only 270 out of the 640 pupils were in school on April 27. The number kept reducing until Monday when the district Ebola taskforce sensitised the parents, Mr Maxim Nkwesiga, the head teacher, said yesterday.