Kiira Road Police in Kampala is holding 74 teachers along with 5 pupils from two Primary Schools after they were found in the schools premises in contravention with the Presidential directive which closed all schools due to Coronavirus.
According to the Deputy Spokesperson for Kampala Metropolitan Police, ASP Luke Owoyesigyire, the teachers were found at Daffodils Primary School and Kabojja Junior School.
He says 53 teachers were found at Daffodils while 21 were at Kabojja. Some 5 pupils were also found at Kabojja.
“From our investigations so far, the 5 pupils were at Kabojja for interviews. That’s what we have been told,” Owoyesigyire said.
“All the teachers and the children’s parents have already recorded statements. At the moment, they are being held at Kiira Road Police. We shall later caution them and be released”.
Police has cautioned all school administrators to close their schools
“Close your schools. Do not allow access to anyone be it pupils whether they have come to collect homework or any other reason. Abide by the directives as measures to prevent COVID-19,” Owoyesigyire said.
He said Police teams are in the field to enforce the directives.
Last week, the Ugandan government banned all public gatherings including suspending school going, entertainments events, church services and weddings with more than 10 people, for a period of one month to reduce the risk of transmitting the Coronavirus.
The strong measures were announced by President Yoweri Museveni who said big masses of people gathered in groups and in close proximity are push factors for spreading the virus.
Museveni said government had resolved to suspend schools from Primary level to University for a period of 32 days.
There are about 10 million pupils attending Primary, 2 million in pre-primary school, 2 million in Secondary School, 314,000 students in university and tertiary institutions, all together totaling to about 15 million.
“These 15 million people are gathered in 51,000 points in the form of schools and colleges. It is wise that we temporarily remove these points by closing these schools for one month starting Friday midday,” Museveni said during his address.
“All these institutions without exception should close so we can deny this virus those concentrations”.
He said the strategy is to distribute these millions of learners across the 8 million homesteads which would on average imply that each homestead houses 2 learners. It is a smart way in the face of the danger posed by the pandemic, he said.