Apollo Okello, the Amuru District Education Secretary told URN that the clubs will be activated in all the 56 primary and secondary schools in the district. He says that the clubs will also include vulnerable categories and will be overseen by the school management committees (SMCs), Parent Teachers Associations (PTAs), and senior male and female teachers.
Apollo Okello, the Amuru District Education Secretary told URN on Saturday that the district has no specific provision for attending to pregnant or learners with babies but has opened up to allow them to come with people to attend to their babies.
According to the education department. Amuru district has been performing poorly in Primary Leaving, Uganda Certificate of Education and Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education examinations in recent years. In 2020, the district got a laughable 63 candidates in division one in PLE out of the over 2000 candidates who sat the examinations.
Following an inspection conducted by a team from the education and works department in the past two weeks, a total of 1970 desks were found to have been damaged. Some of the most affected schools include Kololo, Bana, Otorokume, Ogom Raa Palema, Agwayugi among primary schools.
William Latim Alex, the headteacher of the school, says that the renovation of the 4-classroom block will cost Shillings 99.5 million while the 2-classroom block will cost them Shillings 50 million, according to the quotation they received.
Joyce Lanyero, the Amuru District Education Officer told URN during an interview that the desks were eaten by termites while some were destroyed by vandals neighboring the affected schools due to lack of lockable doors, guards, and perimeter fences.
Statistics from the different health facilities in the Amuru District show that 3,200 teenage girls sought maternal health services at the different units within the COVID-19 lockdown. Some of them have reportedly given birth while others are still carrying their pregnancies.
Rose Ataro, a Primary Teachers Association member from Mutema Primary school says the water problem has persisted since 2011 including last year, when it killed one candidate who slipped and fell in Omer river while returning home from school.
Okot explained that the school has been battling with dwindling number of students due to lack of accommodation at the school since majority of the students come from the various districts of Acholi including Gulu, Omoro, Lamwo, Kitgum, Pader, Nwoya and parts of South Sudan which are far from Attiak and require them to get accommodation outside the school.
According to Lakony, they launched a community sensitization drive in May this year to stop the escalation of teenage pregnancies but hit a dead end when some parents failed to provide information on the whereabouts of their daughters.
According to Onen, they only have UGX 800,000 in their account to re-roof and renovate the two latrines and the teacher`s house which was housing two classroom teachers, yet they need at least 5 million for the work.