Deus Baluku, a teacher at Royal Rangers Secondary in Bulembia Division, says the school structures were erased down by heavy floods. He says although they advised the learners to find schools elsewhere the challenges are that most of these schools are distant from their areas.
Teachers in Kasese have asked the government
to fulfil its promise to construct new classroom blocks for the schools that were
affected by last year’s floods.
Several schools were affected when 7 major
rivers including Lhubiriha, Mubuku, Nyamwamba, Thako and Namugasani burst their
banks between May 7th and 20th last year following heavy rains.
The most affected schools are found in Kilembe division, Maliba and Kiraro Sub
Counties. Apparently, the learners are studying under tents. Concerns are rising
among learners, parents and teachers because of the proposed phased reopening of
schools by the government.
Deus Baluku, a teacher at Royal Rangers Secondary in Bulembia Division,
says the school structures were erased down by heavy floods. He says
although they advised the learners to find schools elsewhere the challenges are
that most of these schools are distant from their areas.
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Justine Musoki, the headteacher Bikone primary school in Maliba Sub County is
concerned that the absence of key facilities like latrines that were destroyed
by floods could expose the learners to disease outbreaks. She wants the government
to honour its pledge to support the affected schools.
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Josephat Muhindo, the headteacher Kisabo primary school in Kitholu sub county,
says there is an immediate need for the government to offer them new structures
before other classes resume next Month. Muhindo says the floods destroyed
the staff room, some classes and latrines.
Nixon Baluku, who was working as a security guard at Royal Rangers is worried
that his son is likely to drop out of school unless the schools are restored.
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Penina Asiimwe, the spokesperson of Save the Children, says they have embarked on
plans of supporting the affected schools with temporary infrastructures to
accommodate the learners. She, however, says the structures can offer the affected
schools temporary relief.
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Kasese District Education Officer, George Mainja, said the government has
promised to start the reconstruction of the affected classes in the next
While in the district last year, the state Minister for
Higher Education John Chrysostom Muyingo said the government was already
planning to shift some of the schools that were completely destroyed.