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Struggling Community School in Bundibugyo Asks for Gov’t Take Over

According to the Head teacher of the school, Saidi Orikiriza, the community used to fund the operations of the school by paying 3 Million Shillings every term, but currently, they can’t even realize 200,000 Shillings.

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The management of Bundibugyo Royal Community High School wants the government to take over the school in a bid to uplift education standards. 

The community school located in Tokwe Sub County was established in 2019 and employs 13 teachers and has a student population of 175. 

According to the Head teacher of the school, Saidi Orikiriza, the community used to fund the operations of the school by paying 3 Million Shillings every term, but currently, they can’t even realize 200,000 Shillings.

Orikiriza says that if the Government takes over management of the school, more teachers will be allocated while the performance of learners will be improved in the sub-county.

Orikiriza notes that due to the poor conditions at the school, some teachers have abandoned the school and ventured into cocoa farming.

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According also says that they are relying on support from some well-wishers who include Obudhingiya Bwa Bamba cultural institution, although the support is inadequate. 

But Justus Bithaghalire, the District Education Officer Bundibugyo, says that there are no plans for the government to take over the school because the government plans to construct is not in a seed school in the area.

Dr Tonny Mukasa Lusambu the Assistant Commissioner Basic Education says that the school owners or community should petition the district council, requesting the government to take over management of the school.

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In the 2020/2021 financial year, the government allocated 15 billion shillings to support 62 community secondary schools nationwide in a bid to increase access to education.

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