Over 150 primary seven pupils at Owiny primary school in Packwach sub county Nebbi district have been relocated to another school ahead of the viewing of the solar eclipse on Sunday.
The pupils will now have to walk more than 10kms to Pakot primary school for the Primary Leaving Examinations—PLE slated for November 4th and 5th.
The hybrid solar eclipse occurs when the dark disc of the moon completely blocks the the sun, preventing its rays from reaching the earth.
As a result, a dark shadow is cast on the surface of the earth, with only a faint ring of light seen surrounding the moon’s disc. Its totality will be visible from the northern Atlantic Ocean to African countries of Gabon, Republic of Congo, DR Congo and Uganda with maximum of 1 minute and 39 seconds.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration—NASA, the US aeronautics and aerospace research agency, pointed out Pakwach in Uganda as the best viewing point for this rare occurrence which was last seen on March 16, 1466. Other viewing points are Arua, Soroti, Gulu and Masindi.
The Uganda Tourism Board estimates more than 30,000 tourists, scientists and eclipse hunters from all over the world to come to Uganda for this moment.
At Owiny Primary School, preparations are underway for the historic event. President Yoweri Museveni is among the thousands of people expected to be in Pakwach. This, according to school and district authorities, is the reason the candidates are being relocated.
Mark Tive, the acting Nebbi chief administrative officer, says they do not want the candidates to be affected by the big number of people at the school.