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A survey by Uganda Radio Network has established that several schools are operating boarding sections in total disregard of the standards. The scenario which puts the lives of learners at risk has been witnessed in Wobulenzi Parents\' Day and Boarding Primary School, Buyuki Primary School, Ssempa Primary School, Trust Academy, Luweero Junior Primary School, Luweero Central S.S., New Life Secondary School and Everest College among others.
Children not only have to put up with crowded classrooms, but those in boarding schools often find they do not have appropriate sleeping areas.

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A number of schools in Luweero District have turned classrooms into dormitories contrary to provisions of the basic requirements and minimum standards indicators for education institutions.

According to the standards released by the Education Ministry in 2010, dormitories should be permanent structures designed and approved for accommodation purposes only. The structures should have good ventilation, double exits and shouldn\'t have burglar proof windows. They also emphasize that learners should occupy double decked metallic beds, separated by 2.6 meters.

It is also a basic requirement for schools to comply with provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 2006, the National Environment Act 2000, and the Public Health Act 1964 during and after construction of dormitories.

However, a survey by Uganda Radio Network has established that several schools are operating boarding sections in total disregard of the standards. The scenario which puts the lives of learners at risk has been witnessed in Wobulenzi Parents\' Day and Boarding Primary School, Buyuki Primary School, Ssempa Primary School, Trust Academy, Luweero Junior Primary School, Luweero Central S.S., New Life Secondary School and Everest College among others.

Our reporter established that school administrators in the sampled schools have turned classrooms into dormitories. The structures, some of which are dilapidated, do not have proper ventilation, have only one exit, and are built with burglar proof windows.  URN also observed that the rooms are congested.

Paul Mukungu the director of New Life Secondary School blames the situation on financial constraints and stiff competition in sector. He adds that some schools. At Luweero Junior Primary School, Robinah Kateera, the Assistant Director admitted the shortfalls but hastens to add that they were about to register the boarding section with district Education Department.

Richard Ssembajjwe the Head Teacher of Wobulenzi Public Primary School explains that some school administrators were not aware of the standards

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Samson Mwanje, a parent at Wobulenzi Parents\' School questions the schools for failing to set clear priorities. Mwanje equally blames both the District and the Ministry of Education for failing to implement the minimum standards.

Benon Rugaba, the Savannah Regional Officer in charge of the Fire Prevention and Safety Unit warns that the facilities are now prone to fire outbreaks as a result of such security breaches.

Luweero District Education Officer Florence Bbosa explains that a final warning has been issued to all schools to adhere to the guidelines or face closure. She confirms that many schools were operating boarding sections illegally.

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