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Parents Query Construction Works at Bunambutye Primary School

The school was initially established as a temporary facility to ensure continuity of learning by children of people who had been resettled from the landslide-prone areas in the Bugisu region. However, the government has since upgraded it to a permanent facility to cater for the education needs of resettled children and other pupils in the sub-county.
Parents at the Bunambutye Priamry School

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controversy has erupted on the number of classrooms that were constructed at Bunambutye Primary School in Bulambuli district. Although documentation from the Office of the Prime Minister indicates that they constructed 14 classrooms, an administration block and staff quarters, parents at the school say that there are only eight classrooms on the site. 

The school was initially established as a temporary facility to ensure continuity of learning by children of people who had been resettled from the landslide-prone areas in the Bugisu region. However, the government has since upgraded it to a permanent facility to cater for the education needs of resettled children and other pupils in the sub-county.

Accordingly, the Office of the Prime Minister wrote to the ministry of Public Service, seeking its coding so that it can be provided funding. The letter signed by the acting Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister James Collins Dombo is also copied to the Ministry of Education. 

“The purpose of this letter, therefore, is to request you to provide a code for Bunambutye Primary school and to request the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development to create for it an IPF in the Bulambuli District Local Government budget to run the new school,” the letter further reads.

But a visit by our reporter, to the school site, shows that the construction covered only eight classrooms, a kitchen and an administration block. There are no staff houses as indicated by the Office of the Prime Minister. The residents within the camps are now asking the Prime Minister's Office to show them the 14 classrooms and the staff quarters they claim they have constructed.   

Sam Wanga, the Chairperson of Bunambutye Primary School Management Committee told Uganda Radio Network that he was equally surprised with the contents of the letter, which quoted strictures that were not in place. 

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Wilson Nathan Wanansolo, the chairperson of the resettlement camp suspects that the money was swindled. He adds that the teachers in the school are staying in units within the camp that were constructed for victims of landslides. 

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Bulambuli Resident District Commissioner, Peter Paks Pek also confirmed to URN that there are only eight classrooms, not 14 as indicated in the letter. He however says the figure could have been a mistake that can be corrected. 

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Ibrahim Gimadu Wagwasala, the Bulambuli District Education Officer said that whoever wrote the letter has not been on the ground to know what is transpiring. according to him, the school is supposed to have 21 classrooms but he was told by the contractor that they would start with eight in the first phase and the rest of the classrooms and the staff quarters would be in the second phase.

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