BY TIMOTHY EODU
MOROTO: TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2022
With bags on their backs, masked school children dressed in green and khaki uniforms thronged to Kasimeri Primary School in Moroto Municipality early on Monday morning.
By midday, the school was still full of enrollment activity on the first day of reopening of schools as pupil’s accompanied by parents continued to fill the compound in a bid to get the children enrolled into the school register.
Samuel Ewangu, the school’s head teacher, said they registered over 1,100 pupils on first day and the number is expected to rise since the enrollment is still ongoing.
Of the total 1,118 pupils enrolled, more (216) pupils were registered in P.1 followed by P.6 (159) and P.2 (156) while P.7 (137) had the fewest enrollment.
No case of pregnancy or breastfeeding pupils was recorded among the school children.
Ewangu described the turn-up as a demonstration of enthusiasm in learners to embrace education in Karamoja sub-region.
However he said the downside is that the school may not be able to accommodate the numbers as it continues to grow because of social distancing requirements.
Prior to the Covid-19 induced lock-down, Kasimeri Primary school’s total enrollment was 1,600 pupils.
Ewangu forecast that his school might be compelled to hire tents or introduce study shifts to accommodate the demand since more parents are coming with their children for enrollment.
Ewangu assured that the teachers are very prepared to kick off with the lessons after undergoing training on the reopening of the school and handling of young mothers.
Paul Oputa, the District Education Officer of Moroto said all schools in the district are ready for reopening and teachers are ready to receive the children including child mothers, and those who are pregnant as per the guidelines from the ministry of education.