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Floods Diplace Tonya Primary School Pupils

Kyaligonza says the Education authorities promised to avail the school with two tents and Mobile toilets but nothing has been done since last week yet the church where they are currently operating from isn’t sufficient for the 38 candidates.
Pupils of Tonya Primary school at the New Premises at Tonya Church of God.Photo by Emmanuel Okello.

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Pupils of Tonya Primary school in Buseruka sub county in Hoima district have relocated to the nearby Tonya Church of God as a result of flooding that has submerged their school premises.  The floods were triggered by the rising water levels in Lake Albert. 

Apparently, one has to part with Shillings 3000to use a boat to cross from the submerged school to the temporary school premises. Moses Kyaligonza, the Head teacher Tonya Primary school, says the floods are a big challenge for both teachers and pupils since they cannot access the school on foot.    

Kyaligonza says they are currently operating in the nearby Tonya Church of God, which is also on the verge of collapse. He says although district Education authorities have been notified, they are yet to respond.

Kyaligonza says the Education authorities promised to avail the school with two tents and Mobile toilets but nothing has been done since last week yet the church where they are currently operating from isn’t sufficient for the 38 candidates.

Uganda Radio Network visited the temporary school premises on Tuesday and discovered that there is no single toilet for the teachers and pupils to use.  Kyaligonza notes that unless something is done to address the situation, there is likely to be an outbreak of Cholera and other water-borne diseases. 

//Cue in: “We can’t access…

Cue out:…use every day,”// 

Charles Mwesige, the area LC 1 Vice Chairperson, says the situation at Tonya Primary school and Tonya Health Center III is appalling. He calls for the immediate intervention of the Education and Health Ministries to address the situation.

William Bigirwa, a resident of Tonya A landing site says since June more than 100 homes have been submerged by floods. He fears that most of the pupils in candidate classes could be forced to drop out of school since the only means of transport connecting to the school is by boat, which is also costly.  

//Cue in: ”Ekintu kinu kya… 

Cue out:…Mumaizi ganu genyini,”//  

Rachael Kiiza, one of the parents at Tonya Primary school, says she has spent about Shillings 20,000 to transport her daughter to school since Thursday last week when the candidate’s class resumed last week. 

//Cue in: ”Maizi gona maju…  

Cue out:…Mulingo gona erikubi,”// 



Godfrey SSerwanja, the Hoima District Education Officer-DEO, says he recently led a team of Education officials to conduct an on-spot assessment at the school. He says plans are underway by the district to provide two big Tents to the school for erection at Church of God.

//Cue in:” I have come…





Cue out…as a classroom.”//    

The rising water levels of Lake Albert have displaced thousands of people from the Lake Albert sores. The floods displaced more than 38000 people and caused mass destruction to property.