Teachers and leaders in Muhokya Sub County, Kasese District have raised concern about the poor state of Kahendero Primary School.
The school is located in Queen Elizabeth national park adjacent to
the Kahendero landing site on Lake George. The available classroom
structures are dilapidated, there are inadequate latrines which
are shared by teachers and pupils. The classrooms don’t have windows and there is an acute shortage of furniture.
The school has an enrollment of over 210 learners, but may not be
able to handle this number once all classes fully resume.
Lydia Nyakato, the school headteacher, says the appalling state of
the school is a big set back to their efforts of providing learning to a
community that treats schooling as an option.
Nyakato says the walls of the classrooms have given way and they
can no longer handle learning activities.
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When the school latrine got filed up, both teachers and learners were answering nature's call in the open. In 2018, UNICEF donated a latrine to cater for the girls, but due to the
absence of alternatives, Nyakato says the facility is now being used by all the
learners and their teachers.
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The headteacher was advised by the district education officer
George Mainja to liaise with school parents to mobilize resources for a
latrine. However these efforts were resisted by parents who argue that its
government’s mandate to cater for the school.
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Edward Komwiswa one of the parents however says most parents like
him don't have money to support school developments. Komwiswa argues
that they pay between 20,000-29,000 shillings each term and he believes that
money can be enough to construct a latrine for learners.
Oliver Masika one of the candidates say the environment is inconveniencing
Earlier the DEO said that several schools that need improvement in
structures were submitted to the government for consideration, but they are yet to get a response.