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Kiruhura: Parents react to early closure of schools with mixed feelings

After the State Minister for education, Dr. Joyce Moriku  Kaducu declared on Tuesday this week that pre-primary, primary and secondary schools will be closing early not beyond 25th November 2022 to contain the spread of Ebola in the country, a section of people in Kiruhura district have expressed mixed feelings over the ministry’s decision.

Rev. David Kagumya, head teacher of Bishops Girls’ school said that although children will lose a lot academically, it is better to close schools instead of them contracting Ebola from school.

Rev. Kagumya noted that parents need to create time for their children to read notes while at home during holyday.

Maremasa Obed, one of the parents said that early closure of schools will lead to the loss of money by parents they have already given schools. Maremesa said parents are impoverished by the economic crisis that they do not need lose what they have already got.

Kitakureka David, a councilor for Nshwerempago parish also supported this government’s move saying it is necessary to save the lives of children.

Kaducu directed all pre-primary, primary and secondary schools across Uganda to close on 25 November 2022, two weeks before the scheduled end of term on 9 December 2022 after 23 Ebola cases were confirmed among school going pupils, including eight children who have died from the virus.

By Mutatiina Medison

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