ZOMBO. A section of teachers in Zombo district have expressed concern over syllabus disruptions likely to be caused by the 32 day closure after a presidential directive.
The President's move to close all schools and other public gatherings comes in the wake of mounting threat posed by the COVID-19 across the East African region.
By Friday noon, parents and guardians were ready within the different schools' vicinities to pick their children in the boarding sections.
Despite the good intentions of the directive to prevent any attacks and spread of the COVID-19, teachers are now worried that the syllabus coverage will be greatly affected due to the long leave.
Mr George Buatre, the director of studies Uturgang boy’s primary school, Paidha town council said the closure will eventually lead to under performance of most schools.
"This order is going to make us underperform because we are just in the middle of the first term with most of the topics still uncovered", he said.
According to Buatre, the schools that sent their learner’s home with homework and other assessments will be in better position to minimize the challenges of the inevitable and abrupt closure.
He implored the parents to closely monitor their children so that they are not overtaken by events.
He however, appealed to the government to consider reopening the schools if no COVID19 case is registered within 14 days after closure in a bid to enable the schools catch up with the missed periods.
"I think the government should be in position to revisit its decision if no case of the corona virus is recorded within 14 days so that we can effectively compensate for the lost lessons", he suggested.
Mr Denis Cwinyai, the Deputy Head teacher Oturgang girls' primary school called for extension of the first term by one month after resuming lessons to recover the time lost.
He said most homes are not conducive for learners hence the need for parents to create that environment that gives the learners time to do school related activities.
"This was abrupt but necessary and we can do nothing apart from coming up with other strategies to enable things work for us as schools without contravening the ministry of education guidelines", he said.
He anticipates doom for the education and other sectors if the pandemic eventually hits Uganda.
Mr John Drate, a parent commended the government for foreseeing the dangers that await the children if they remained in school amidst threats of corona virus.
He said the children's health is more important than the education they are acquiring because they would not be in school if they had ailing health condition.
Drate said the closure of schools is going to affect them financially as they will be required to make extra expenditure in transporting their children to and from school.
By March 20th over 10,400 people had died of the pandemic with over 255,194 confirmed cases in 183 countries and territories.
Uganda has not recorded a single case of the virus since the pandemic hit the world a month ago with most of the neighbouring countries already affected.