Bundibugyo District Education Officer, John Byamukama told URN at his office that they have conducted an inspection in 30 schools in the district and found out that many of the schools have lost properties to thieves and suffered an invasion from local communities who have destroyed structures and turned school premises into grazing grounds.
Several schools in Bundibugyo
District are in poor shape as a result of the damage
caused by vandals during the prolonged closures. Many others have been destroyed by
recent floods and stormy winds.
Bundibugyo District Education
Officer, John Byamukama told URN at his office that they have conducted an
inspection in 30 schools in the district and found out that many of the schools
have lost properties to thieves and suffered an invasion from local communities
who have destroyed structures and turned school premises into grazing grounds.
At Karambi Primary School in Kasitu Sub County, thugs made off with all latrine doors, and many
other schools have lost their desks and water tanks as thugs took advantage of the absence of activity at the schools over the last two years. Schools have remained closed since March 2020, as one of the measures undertaken to control the spread of COVID-19.
Lamya Primary School in
Bubandi Sub County now has only one functional block. The rest were hit by floods in May while at Busunga Primary School, was left with no toilets. The roof of classroom structures at Mantoroba Primary School in Ntotoro Sub County and those at Mwiribondo Primary School in Ngamba Sub
County were blown off by winds. At Bundikahungu Primary School in Nyahuka Town
Council, the school’s mobile toilets were destroyed and
Byamukama says that the status of most schools
in the district is appalling and there is a need to improve the structures
before learners are allowed to report back.
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Byamukama adds that the situation has further been worsened by the government’s new instruction that schools should only use 50 per cent of the
capitation grant on their account. He argues that the grant is so small to help schools even
clear the overgrown bush.
The District received 171 million Shillings to be
distributed to more than 130 government primary and secondary schools.
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The DEO further told URN that some partners
promised temporary tents to act as classrooms but these are yet to be delivered
to the district.
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Alfred Maate, the deputy headteacher at Busunga Primary School says that because many classrooms don’t have doors, thugs made off with the school desks, yet the improvised latrine for the staff
collapsed during heavy rains.
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Deo Kaahwa, the Deputy Headteacher at Bundikahungu Primary School in Nyahuka Sub County says the community has been using some of the
school resources like water and latrines. He also decries the shortage of teachers noting that
the school has only eight teachers for the seven classes.
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John Tibamwenda, the chairperson of PTA at Bundikahungu Primary School wants the government to use these two months to renovate school structures
for safe re-opening. He notes that if schools are not supported, they will
be forced to use learners to do some general cleaning which will consume the
already lost time.
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Amiru Muhereza, a parent
at Burondo primary in Burondo Sub County is worried that the cost of renovating
the school environment may be transferred to parents. He wants the government to
work with parents during this period to ensure schools are clean before
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Kobugabe Alice, a student at Standard High School
is worried that her school may not re-open next year because of the school
wooden class structures are all destroyed.