The school was closed last week by the District Education Inspection team for lacking at least 80 per cent of the requirements recommended to all schools operating in the district. These include textbooks, professional teachers, sanitation facilities, and enough classrooms.
Buikwe District leaders headed by the LCV chairperson Jimmy
Kanaabi have protested the closure of Bright Junior Nursery and Primary, a community
school located at Kirongo Parish, Ngogwe sub-county.
The school was closed last week by the District Education Inspection team for lacking at least 80 per cent of the requirements recommended
to all schools operating in the district. These include textbooks, professional teachers, sanitation facilities, and enough classrooms.
According to the inspection team, the school has six ramshackle classrooms for learners from kindergarten to primary seven. As a result, learners from different classes are packed together in small classrooms during lesson time, yet at the same time, both girls and boys share one pit latrine, together with their teachers.
But District leaders and community members say that the school, the only one in the parish of six villages, should be
allowed to operate again and be given time to resolve the highlighted issues.
Sadoki Lubwama, a parent with two children in the closed
pre-primary school says he was forced to keep them at home since they cannot
afford to walk long distances to the next government school located
a distance of about five kilometres away.
Henry Guloba, the Chairperson of the Parents Teachers
Association-PTA says that the classroom blocks were blown away by wind during
the recess period and the school management is fighting hard to find the money of
setting up new blocks.
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Cue out...bubi nyo”//
James Mbalule, the LCIII chairperson is worried that children
are likely to drop out of school and end up in fishing activities, once the school remains closed. He adds that his office has already received reports that parents in this parish have abandoned taking children to
other schools since the closure of their community school.
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Cue out: ...byebakugamba.”//
The LCV Chairperson, Jimmy Kanaabi blames the district
inspection team for failing to establish the importance of the school to the community before
taking action against it.
However, the District Education Officer-DEO Julius Kizito advises
leaders to avoid politicizing matters of education at a time when the country
is striving to deal with COVID-19. Kizito says the closed school does not provide a conducive study environment for learners and advises parents
to take their children to nearby schools.