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KABALE: Parents protest early closure of schools before official dates

According to the national school and institution calendar, the first academic term is supposed to end on 5th May 2023, this Friday, but, however, this website has learnt that several schools have already been demised for the holidays.

KABALE, UGANDA: Some private and government-aided schools in Kabale District have closed the first academic term with four days remaining until the official closure of the term, this publication has learnt.

According to the national school and institution calendar, the first academic term is supposed to end on 5th May 2023, this Friday, but, however, this website has learnt that several schools have already been demised for the holidays.

At Kabale Quality Primary School in Kabale municipality, the school Headteacher Mr Henry Nasasira said that learners started going home for holidays last week with primary five and six and then followed by lower classes in order to give space to the school to tackle administrative issues without any inconveniences since all pupils had finished their exams.

He however noted that the early closure of the school has no problems to do with operational costs.

Rukore High School in Lyakarimira town council, the Head Teacher Joseph Akankwasa denied closing early and said that all students are still in school up to the last day of the academic saying that parents contribute food for their children and there is no reason that should him to send the students home before the official closing.

Leopold Twesigye, a parent and political leader protested the decision by some schools to close before the official day by the government saying that it is double cheating of the parents. He wondered why schools would charge for holiday sessions in the guise of completing school syllabus yet they closed earlier before the official closure.

He attributed the vice of closing schools early to poor implementation of Ministry of Education and Sports policies and guidelines.

The Acting Kabale District Education Officer Moses Bwengye said that he was not aware of any school under his supervision that has closed already while efforts to get a comment from the municipal principal Education Officer Grace Munyambabazi were futile he could not receive his known phone number.

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