By Monica Kobusiinge
Kampala: Following the President’s directive to have phased reopening of education institutions starting with candidate classes and finalists on 15th October 2020, the Ministry of Education and Sports in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government have begun Nationwide inspection to ascertain the readiness and compliance of schools to put in place Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
The Education Ministry says it has set guidelines for inspection of education institutions on Standard Operating Procedures whereby institutions that will fulfil the basic requirements as indicated in the set guidelines will be issued with compliance certificates and allowed to reopen for candidates.
Education Minister Janet Museveni has revealed that the scope of the inspection will cover all schools and institutions with candidates/finalists that are not diploma awarding including primary, secondary, teacher training institutions, Technical, Vocational Education and Training (BTVET) institutions other than the health training institutions which have already been inspected.
“The accounting officers at the Local Government level will be the overall overseers of the exercise,” Minister added.
Teams will be instituted and each team will have at least one education official from Local Government and a member of the District task force.
The District Education Officer (DEO)/Municipal Education Officer will be responsible for ensuring that the teams are in place.
A standard inspection tool issued by the Ministry of Education will be used, and no other tool will be accepted.
A copy of the inspection tool will be left at school after the inspection and at the end of the exercise, all teams in the district will meet to discuss the recommendations from various teams and agree on schools that meet the requirements.
Schools that meet the requirements will be given certificates of compliance and school/ institution will be expected to sign for the certificate.
If the school has been operating as day and boarding and gets the required score of 60% of requirements for day section and less than 60% for boarding section, such a school will be recommended to operate only as a day school, adding that a school can operate as either day or boarding only under set SOPs.
For each section to be recommended, a school should have scored 60% and above. Schools that will have scored 50 to 59% can be given an opportunity to put in place what is required within one week.
A maximum number of learners will be indicated for each school in the recommendations and no school will be allowed to admit more than the established capacity.