Candidates in 130 districts receive face masks

Schools in 130 districts have received face masks for candidates in P7, S.4 and S.6 as a measure to observe the standard operating procedures that were put in place by the government before the reopening.

This follows the presidential directive to the ministry of education to reopen schools for candidates and finalists and ensure that SOPs are observed including putting on face masks to cover the mouth and the nose.

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Alice Nabwire the deputy headteacher of KCCA Kamwokya Primary School says she picked 400 masks for 200 pupils.

Alice notes that the task is now left for the teachers to ensure that the pupils use the masks appropriately to minimize the chances of spreading COVID-19.

The director basic and secondary education at the Ministry of Education and Sports, Ismael Mulindwa has said that the government has procured face masks for all the 1.4 million candidates in both government and private schools.

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According to Mulindwa, over 2.8 million masks were procured to enable each candidate to get two face masks and masks are ready to be picked by the district education heads.

Mulindwa says that face masks will be issued to candidates by the heads of schools working with the heads of education at the district level. He notes that Wakiso and Mukono districts are being handled last because they have more students.

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However, the government is yet to distribute masks to students at higher institutions of learning such as universities and technical schools.

Source: URN

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