By Sandra Birungi
After children, as young as 4 years old were burnt in a school fire recently, MPs have come out to demand that the Ministry of Education should come up with proper laws in connection to young children being taken to boarding school.
Masaka district woman MP, Freda Kase Mubanda urged the ministry to come up with the measures to promote safety and security of children at school. Among them include ample walking space in-between beds, emergence exits, fire extinguishers and installing smoke detectors in ceilings.
Masaka Municipality MP, Mathias Mpuuga said parents come up with guidelines stating as to which age group goes to a boarding school. Entebbe Municipality MP, Mohamed Kawuma urged the ministry to develop a comprehensive policy encompassing daycare centers.
Serere MP, Alice Alaso revealed that besides the issue of taking very young children to school, there are schools where children never go home for holidays. She wanted to know what the ministry was doing about it.