Lwala Girl's Boarding Secondary School in Kaberamaido district is struggling to operate since the raid by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army-LRA in 2003.
LRA rebels raided the catholic founded school on June 24th, 2003 and kidnapped an estimated 100 girls. The rebels killed and rapped some of the girls while others were rescued or escaped from captivity. However, majority of the victims have remained unaccounted for to-date.
The school that is found along Otuboi-Dokolo road operates in dilapidated structures, lacks an administration block, teacher's quarters, laboratory and a fence. Lwala Girl's SS used to attract students from the entire Teso region and its neighboring areas.
The school looks abandoned by the founding body, government and Kaberamaido district leadership. Our reporter visited the once prominent Lwala Girl's SS on Monday and found it in dire need of major rehabilitation.
The School Deputy Head Teacher, Sarah Apolot, says the school property was vandalized by the rebels and formerly internally displaced persons-IDPs who sought refuge in the school premises at the height of the LRA insurgency in the area.
//Cue in: "So many things …
Cue out… you're renting."//
According to Apolot, they are struggling to improve enrolment and performance of the school, adding that they haven't registered a single first grade since the raid on the school.
//Cue in: "When you look …
Cue out… corners all times."//
The school enrollment stands at 172 students in Lwala Girls boarding secondary school, 60 of whom are male students. Lwala Girls boarding secondary school only has 9 of the required 22 teachers according to the government ceiling. Geresom Eotu, an elder in Soroti district says the situation at the school is embarrassing.
//Cue in: "I'm very ashamed …
Cue out… positions in government."//
Eotu faults the elders in Kaberamaido district for remaining silent about the school.
//Cue in: "My worry is …
Cue out… Teso sub region."//
The Kaberamaido LC V Chairperson, Albert Ejoku has not yet commented as he couldn't be reached on his known mobile phone numbers. The management of Lwala Girls SS has organised prayers in conjunction with Lwala Catholic Parish to commemorate the abduction of the students scheduled for July 16th, 2018.
According to the organisers, the speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has confirmed her invitation to preside as chief guest at the prayers.