In Kyarumba primary school, thugs made off with metallic doors from the newly constructed latrine. Mainja says that the status of most schools in the district is appealing, which might affect their re-opening next year.
Several schools in
Kasese district may not reopen after the prolonged closure because of the
damage caused by vandals. Other schools have been transformed into kraals
Kasese District Education Officer, George Mainja told URN at his office that his office has received a number of reports indicating loss of properties and invasion
of school premises by local communities to graze or plant crops.
He cites Buhahura
and Kisamba primary schools where the solar panels
have been stolen and Kakoni primary in Mahango sub-county, which lost its lightning arresters to thugs.
In Kyarumba primary school, thugs made off with metallic doors from the newly constructed latrine.
Mainja says that the status
of most schools in the district is appealing, which might affect their
re-opening next year.
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Mainja says that there is malicious damage that has been reported where
community members destroy windows and fix sticks in padlocks after failing to
gain access into classrooms or offices.
He says that there is no supervision especially in
schools found in hard to reach areas, especially where headteachers stay far away.
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The DEO appeals to headteachers and the local
community to sacrifice some time and make on spot checks on their school
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Hamis Bwambale, the headteacher of Kyalanga primary School, says that it
has been difficult to monitor schools since the thugs usually come at night.
also reveals that some headteachers come from neighbouring districts and returned to their ancestral homes when the
Getress Ithungu, a parent at Kyalanga primary is worried that
the cost of fixing and buying new school properties could be transferred to parents.
thinks it would have been ideal for schools to have permanent security guards
during the lockdown.
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Ritah Biira, the LC III Chairperson of Mbuga Sub County, says that it's unfortunate that some classrooms in the Sub County don't have doors
giving easy access to thugs.
Kasese Resident District
Commissioner, RDC Joe Walusimbi, says that he has instructed headteachers to monitor their schools since they continue to get their salaries.