The minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataaha Museveni has chided parents and primary schools that endanger the lives of pupils by requiring them to be at school very early in the morning.
In a tweet on April 22, Janet wrote: “I read an article in the New Vision castigating parents for sending their children to school as early as 5am, hence putting their lives in jeopardy. There is no reason for children to be at school at that time- It is wrong. Providing education must be done in a safe environment.”
The minister however did not say whether government plans to take action on these schools. Neither is it the first time that she is complaining about schools opening early.
In March last year, Janet said schools should open at 8.00 AM and close by 5.00PM. The ministry of Education said then that it would take action against schools that go against this order but clearly, it has not.
Many schools especially in urban areas require pupils to be in school by 6.00 am. It is not uncommon to see pupils, on their own, on the roads as early as 4.30 am.
This poses a danger to them including the fact that they can be kidnapped.
Some education experts have said pupils who wake up very early are deprived of enough sleep, something that impairs their learning.
But some of the schools that engage in the habit believe it is one of the ways to complete the syllabus early and create time for revision.