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 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.
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.
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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
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.