Residentsof Bunambutye resettlement camp in Bulambuli
district are demanding for a secondary school to ensure learners in the area access
The residents argue that for more than two years ago since they were relocated
to the camp, their children have remained at home.
The government constructed Bunambutye Primary School while their secondary
school counterparts were promised to be taken to Masaba Secondary School in
However, students who had been enrolled at Masaba Secondary school were dismissed
over failure to raise fees.
The residents now want the government to establish a secondary
school within the premises of the camp to cater for the education of learners instead
of taking them to Masaba SS which they say is costly.
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Sam Wanga, a resident and Chairman of the management committee of the Primary
school says that many children in the area could stop in P.7 and failed to
proceed to secondary due to the absence of a school.
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Nathan Wilson Wanansolo, the Bunambutye resettlement camp
Chairperson says that the Bulambuli district and OPM officials never involved
the leadership of the camp when children were being enrolled at Masaba
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Felista Nandudu and Rhoda Buteme, some of the residents said that during
relocation, the officials from OPM told them that they would educate their
children at the school, but wonders why their children have been dismissed.
She wants the government to expedite the program of school construction
in the area.
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Amos Shibale, a S.3 student who was dismissed from Masaba
Secondary School, says that he was told to pay Two Million Shillings for the
two previous years.
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Bulambuli District Education Officer, Ibrahim Gimadu says that establishing
a secondary school within the camp is a good idea. He however says that his office is not aware
of the students who were dismissed from Masaba Secondary School.
Wambende Hussein, the headteacher of Masaba SS said that the
school had registered over 400 learners from the camp but the ministry of
Education informed the school that only 56 were beneficiaries of the
“When we got the report from the ministry we advised the parents
to pay school fees but those who could not afford had to return their children
home,” Wambende said.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.