Lack of classrooms and teachers is hampering learning in
government-aided primary schools in Kitwagwenda district. Fabian
Habiyaremye, the acting Kitagwenda District Education Officer -DEO, says there
are 68 government-aided primary schools in the district.
He however, says some of them have less classrooms and the
teacher-pupil ratio is still way too high. He cites Kengeya primary school in
Buhanda Sub County, which has 480 pupils and 10 teachers with only two
permanent classrooms built by government.
The head teacher, Augustine Kalisa, says several lessons are
conducted under trees and in a nearby church. He says at times they call off classes
due to bad weather like rain and strong sunshine. Jean Muhebwa, the head
teacher Nyanga primary school in Mahyoro Sub County, says the school has only
seven teachers to handle 1062 pupils.
According to Muhebwa, the school has never got a first grade
because few available teachers are unable to handle all classes to ensure
pupils have understood what they are being taught.
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At Nyamukoijo primary school in Kitagwenda town council,
there are 370 pupils with two classrooms. The head teacher, Achleo
Mugarura, says parents have attempted to address the problem by constructing
temporary classrooms but they are normally weak and end up being destroyed by heavy
rains and hailstorm.
Fabian Habiyaremye, the acting Kitagwenda District Education
Officer –DEO, said he is aware of the problems but said the district lacks
funds to address them. He is however optimistic that a solution will be found in the
near future. Curved out of Kamwenge district, Kitagwenda became operational
on July 1, 2019.