Alex Kakooza, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education says throughout the lockdown and after the partial reopening, they have been receiving reports from different areas of the country about grabbing of school land.
The closure of schools has greatly contributed to the increased exposure of school
land to grabbers.
Schools were closed in March 2020 by President Yoweri Kaguta
Museveni as a way to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Alex Kakooza, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education says throughout the
lock down and after the partial reopening, they have been receiving reports from
different areas of the country about grabbing of school land.
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Without mentioning specific cases, Kakooza said grabbing of school land was common in Bukedea, Wakiso
districts among other areas. He notes that the practice was largely done by
foundational bodies and people who had awarded land or their predecessors
trying to claim it.
The land grabbers many of who had conflicted with the school
management wanted to take advantage of the absence of learners and seal the land deals before schools reopen.
Dr Asuman Lukwaga, the secretary Education Service Commission, suggested that the ministry should launch
a nationwide campaign to save school land from the grabbers.
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However, Kakooza says that the Ministry plans to ensure that all
public and government-aided schools have their land titled.
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Kakooza adds that they have also revised their approach on how the titles
should be obtained to allow founding bodies to be parties to the
titles since most of them had refused to give up their land to schools in fear of
losing attachment to the respective institutions.