By Naboth Isaac Niwagba
A survey made by this our reporter on resumption of Primary schools for sub-candidate classes in Kabale Municipality has found out that teachers will have to re-start the syllabus after students forgot almost everything due to a lengthy stay at home.
On 1st March, Schools re-opened for students in Primary six, Senior three and Senior five after Government allowed them to resume studies following an 11 months closure due to the COVID 19 Pandemic.
However, Heads of Schools in Kabale Municipality have expressed frustration in trying to bring the students back to the studying mood.
At Bugongi Primary School in Northern Division Kabale Municipality, the Head Teacher Henry Mayanja said the P.6 students were showing lack of interest in studying while others could not remember anything from what they studied last year.
He said they were worried about P.7 students who also appeared not ready for the final exams.
The Kabale Preparatory School Director Of Studies Peter Ampurira said they had decided to start the syllabus afresh after they realized that the students had forgotten almost everything.
Mr. Ampurira noted that the students had developed a tendency of over sleeping and sometimes they have to be forced out of bed for morning lessons. He also said wearing of face masks is still a challenge since children keep removing and wearing them again all the time .
The situation was not different at Kabale Universal Primary School in Central Division Kabale Municipality. The Director Of Studies, Aijuka Edgar said they were doing all their best to refresh the minds of the P.6 students who still appeared unable to remember anything even after two days of thorough revision.
Meanwhile, in all the schools visited, apart from Kabale Preparatory school, all P.6 students had not reported back as expected.
Out of 165 P.6 students at Kabale Primary school, only 103 had reported back to school by 3rd March, 2021.
The School Head Teacher Godiano Minyeto said they have been reaching to the parents through phone calls to inform them that the school re-opened for P.6 students. Mr. Godiano thinks that parents of the remaining 52 students have not yet known that the school is open for sub-candidates.
The Executive Director New Foundation Primary School in Southern Division Kabale Municipality Betty Kemigisha says 37 out of 42 stuidents in P.6 have reported back to school.
Ms Kemigisha says the school administration has tried to reach out to parents of the absent students through phone calls, and they have since established that the parents are still looking for money to buy scholastic materials and pay school fees for their children