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Another Secondary School Abruptly Closes Days after Reopening

Kashambya Community College, a Private Secondary School in Rukiga district had officially reopened on January 10, 2022, when all other educational institutions were reopened. However, they announced the closure on Wednesday and refunded school fees to all learners who had reported back to school.

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Another school has closed its doors to learners barely two weeks after reopening following a closure that left educational institutions inactive for almost two years.

Kashambya Community College, a Private Secondary School in Rukiga district had officially reopened on January 10, 2022, when all other educational institutions were reopened. However, they announced the closure on Wednesday, January 19 and refunded fees to all learners who had reported back to school.

One of the teachers who preferred anonymity told our reporter that the school had failed to attract learners after the reopening. By yesterday, the school had attracted only 60 learners compared to over 200 who were there before the COVID-19 lockdown, yet all the teachers and support staff did not return

accusing the administration of non-payment of their wages before the lockdown.    

Cleti Atwebembere, the school administrator and the Financial Controller explains that the school had financial constraints yet, there was a dire need to renovate the structures which are currently dilapidated, having been abandoned over the last two years. He is optimistic that the school might reopen in the coming years if they raise funding from other sources to rehabilitate the structures and meet operational costs.

//Cue in; “it’s a temporary closure...

Cue out…good way.”//

Rukiga District Inspector of Schools Christopher Ndyabegyera says that the school’s administration had failed to participate in the mandatory school-based surveillance organized by the Ministry of Education and sports, a clear indication that it was not ready to re-open.

//Cue in; “aba Kashambya high…

Cue out…nkaba ndagyimanya.”//

A week ago, East High School in Ntinda, a suburb of Kampala announced an abru[t closure, just days after reopening for a new term on January 10. Although the reason for the abrupt closure of the school remained unclear, a circular issued to parents indicated that it was closed due to the poor turn up of students and the need for renovation.

"On behalf of the B.O.D (Board of Directors) I regret to inform you that business at East High School has been put on a halt to facilitate the new development before resumption in the next academic year,” the circular signed by Abdul Khadir, one of the directors reads in part. 

URN later learnt that in 2020, amidst financial challenges triggered by the prolonged closure of schools, the then director of the school sold it off to city businessman Omar Mandela. It's on the basis of this that Deputy Principal Bosco Khalifa said that the new management of the school intends to restructure it

and turn it into a modern girls-only school.

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