BY LAWRENCE OKWAKOL
PALLISA: SATURDAY, JANUARY 1, 2022
An inspection by a team from ministry of education and sports in conjunction with Pallisa district local government education department has rated St Peter’s Amusala Secondary School 95% ready to resume teaching.
Dr Simon Peter Okiria, the executive director of the school says the readiness checks report has given them overwhelming enthusiasm to reopen since it is way above the 60% minimum preparation level required by the education ministry to operate a school.
He also announced the good news that all unpaid fees balances for the Pre-Covid-19 lock-down terms have been waved off.
“All the senior students who didn’t pay fees or those with balance have been waved off and will pay the flat rate of sh402,500 per term,” he said.
Okiria added that during the lock-down, they expanded the capacity of the schools facilities to the extent that they are now capable of hosting up to 800 students as opposed to the 360 they used to host before Covid-19.
He said the school welcomes all the female students who fell victims to unwanted pregnancies and that a special room has been created for baby sitters for those breastfeeding their babies.
He was flunked by Charles Awio, the head teacher of the school, who disclosed that St Peper’s Secondary has 23 teachers who cover all the subjects.
“Our parents should not worry about the safety of teachers because with all the support staff they are 100%vaccinated and a file to that effect is even in the office of Esther Cheprop the Pallisa resident district commissioner,” Awio said.
Kevin Kaala Ojinga, the woman member of parliament for Pallisa district, has promised to provide basic requirements for all girls who got pregnant during lock-down and accept to join St Peter’s SS as she will closely monitor their progression.
Kaala said during an award ceremony for 69 Primary Leaving Examination for candidates who excelled in 2020 that she will deal with the management of St Peter’s SS and agreed to have bursaries for bright and needy children, especially girls.
“We reached memorandum of understanding with the administration of this school and they can’t breach it. I only want all administrators in schools to counsel learners to avoid nicknames that demoralize others and force them out of school,” she affirmed.
Joyce Akello who has three daughters in the school requested the administration to accord them the usual consideration of paying fees in installments and avoid sending students home.
John Opedun, the Pallisa district inspector of schools, said all the 2,000 teachers of pre-primary, primary and secondary schools were trained in methods of overcoming stress depression, anxiety and other antisocial behaviors.
Out of the 43 candidates who sat O’ level at St Peter’s Amusala Secondary school, 11 got first grade and the Uganda National Examinations Board has now increased the school’s ceiling for Senior Four enrolment to 150 candidates.