David Nkojjo, the Chairperson St Jude- Bbanda School Management Committee observes that due to development priorities competing for land in Wakiso district, many schools have lost their land to grabbers while others find a hard time when the foundation bodies reclaim part of the land leaving them with tiny potions.
The market was under Nadunget Sub County until April, this year, when the Local Government Ministry merged 20 new villages from the neighbouring sub-counties with the municipality. However, the two sub-counties had earlier agreed to allow the operations of the market to continue in the same location pending council resolutions.
David Asiimwe, the Program Officer Ntoroko Concerned Citizens, a local Nongovernmental organisation, says the inadequate provision for the education sector will affect performance of schools in national examinations. Asiimwe explains that children are being taught in dilapidated classrooms and trees.
Father Anthony Nyeko, the Dean of Christ the King Catholic Parish where the school is located, says the school closed its doors in 1999 due to funding shortfalls. The school sits on a 30-acre piece of land; something that the Dean says will tremendously help its growth. It already has 400 pupils for its nursery and primary sections, with the first candidates for national Primary Leaving Examinations expected in 2015.
Gulu district local government has summoned secondary head teachers to explain the cause of poor performance at their respective schools. The directive issued by the office of the Local Council 5 Chairperson stems from the poor performance that Gulu has been recording in both local and national examinations even after the return of relative peace in the area.