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Dilapidated Structures Await Bukomansimbi Learners As Schools Reopen

Deogratias Bwanika, the Kibinge Sub County Chairperson says that from their inspection, they have established that many of the headteachers in both government and private schools are currently stuck and uncertain of how they will reopen for classes on Monday.
The only School Toilet of Bunyenya Primary School in Bukomansimbi district, the facility is nolonger habitable to learners

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Bukomansimbi district leaders are concerned about the apparent deficiencies of study materials and dilapidated structures in many schools in the area ahead of the much-anticipated re-opening on Monday.  

During inspection visits to schools ahead of the planned resumption after a prolonged COVID-19 lockdown, the area leaders established that many schools’ structures are in poor shape to offer a conducive learning environment.

Kibinge Sub County Chairperson Deogratias Bwanika says that they have established that many of the headteachers in both government and private schools are currently uncertain of how they will reopen for classes on Monday. He says that besides the classroom structures that have outlived their lifespan, many schools do not have proper toilet facilities.  

According to Bwanika, some of the worst affected schools are Bunyenya Primary, Mirambi Primary, Kisojo Primary, Kasota Primary, Misanvu Demonstration, and Misanvu Special Needs Education Unit, whose roofs were blown off by the winds and their furniture vandalized during the lockdown period.

Bwanika argues that although the Ministry of Education guided the school administrators to commit the government's Capitation Grant to renovations, the allocated money is too little compared to the underlying inadequacies. He is afraid that if not addressed with urgency, the situation may frustrate the teaching and learning.    

Luganda//Cue in; “tulambudde amasomero….    

Cue out…nga tebasoma.”//     

Charles Kaweesi, the Chairperson Board of Governors of Bunyenya Primary School says they are finding challenges to mobilize parents and learners to return to schools that are in poor shape. He has implored the government to allocate a substantial sum of money to the refurbishment of rural schools which he says were worst hit by the lockdown.    

//Cue in; “obuzibu bwendaba...    

Cue out…singa aba azze.”//    

Twaha Miiro, the Bukomansimbi LCV Councilor representing Bigasa sub-county observes that the majority of the schools in the area are faced with similar challenges, which he says can hardly be addressed without direct government intervention.  

He is pessimistic that with the apparent financial constraints, parents may not afford to support the much-needed renovation and improvement of schools through the PTA contributions, arguing that it is high time the government shouldered the challenges until the situation normalizes. 

Bukomansimbi District Education Officer Patrick Zziwa acknowledges the challenges but says that they have asked headteachers to use the available resources to prepare the schools for re-opening as they wait for more support from the government.