By Martha Nakimuli
Kampala Capital City Authority today closed down a number of substandard schools in the city .Though the schools did not order immediate closure ,school heads were told to inform the parents to pick their children tomorrow when they will be closed until they adhere with the requirements of KCCA .
Robert Kalumba deputy spokesperson KCCA told the press that unless the schools fulfill the requirements set ,they will not be allowed to operate.
“We arrived at schools and ordered schools to communicate to parents that the schools will be closed by tomorrow.” He said
He added that though the operation frustrates parents ,it is a way of ensuring that no substandard schools operate in the city .
The move of closing dowm schools follow an inspection which was carried out at the beginning of the First Term of 2013 when a number of schools were advised not to open if they do not meet the standards set by the KCCA education department.
On Monday , Annie Galiwango KCCAA’s Director Education and Social Services told the press that the schools to be closed lack the essential learning facilities, safety measures like fire outbreak controls and good sanitation . She added that most of these schools are located in Kawempe and Makindye division.
The eight guidelines which were earlier issued to schools cover sanitation measures, dormitories and other related accommodation facilities, classrooms, food and hygiene, school furniture, water supplies, safety promotions and injury prevention, provisions for persons with special needs, and medical and dental care services.
Other areas covered in the guidelines are the infrastructure safety, land, compound and aesthetics, and laboratory provisions.