Micheal Wambi, a pupil of Shikholo primary school, says the long distance he treks to school has affected his performance compared to when he was at Bumarakha.
Bumarakha Primary School which was closed
Bumarakha primary school in Bumarakha parish in Bulucheke
Sub-county in Bududa District has remained closed since the 2010 landslides.
Government closed the school after landslides
hit the district and affected two villages killing 18 people and injured several
others. Hundreds of others were displaced from their homes.
Government closed the school for fear that pupils would be
swept by the lands slide. Apparently, most of the pupils were
relocated to Shikhusi and Shikholo Primary Schools, which are more than 20
Beatrice Nabifo, a resident of Bumarakha parish, says Bumarakha
primary school was the only hope of their children to get education.
She however, says they now have to move for more than 20
kilometers to schools in the neighboring Sub counties, which is very tiresome.
Micheal Wambi, a pupil of Shikholo primary school, says the
long distance he treks to school has affected his performance compared to when
he was at Bumarakha.
Stephen Mutuba a former pupil of Bumarakha primary school
says after closure of the school, he dropped out and resorted to selling sugar
He says he decided to abandon school because the next school
was very far from his home and he couldn’t manage walking the long distance
each day, more especially when it rains because this put his life in danger.
Vicente Matanda, the Bududa District Senior Education Officer,
advised parents to put the complaint in writing if they want their school
revived. He said the school was closed because of the threat of landslides in
the area, saying they need to be convinced that is secure from landslides if
they are to open it.
Wilson Watira, the Bududa District Chairperson, says the
decision to close the school came from the central government, which finances
He says they have repeatedly written to the Prime Minister’s
Office on the need to reopen the school but haven’t received a response. He
appealed to parents to endure the current situation and they push for the
revival of the school.
A recent study conducted by the Germany-based
Education International showed that long journeys to school have a negative
impact on pupil’s health and education achievement levels.