Six schools in Nakasongola that had remained closed over lack of toilets have been reopened a month later amidst fresh fears from parents and pupils.
Six primary schools in Nakasongola that delayed to open because of lack of toilets have finally opened after failing to secure fund from ministry of education to construct new toilets. They are Busone, Kyamuyingo, Kyakadoko, Zengebe, Lwampanga C.O.U and Katuba primary school. George William Kajura, Nakasongola District Education Officer says that parents in the six schools mobilized resources and erected temporarily toilets while others renovated the old facilities to help their children resume students.
He says that six other schools have remained closed as parents grapple with funds to construct temporally toilets for pupils and their teachers. Three of the schools are Kigarambi, River Kafu, Moone primary school. Kajura however says that despite the fact that six of the schools have reopened the temporarily toilet structures are substandard. He says that parents used papyrus reeds and mud to erect the toilets which puts the lives of pupils at risk.
Kajura explains that the district is still waiting for intervention from Ministry of Education to reconstruct permanent structures. David Sserubombwe, LC 3 chairman Nabiswera Sub County warns that the temporarily toilets structures are likely to collapse within a short time because of the fresh rains. Sserubombwe appeals to the education ministry to speed the process of extend support to the affected schools to construct new toilets.
But James Kashari, a parent in one of the school wonders how the education ministry can fail to raise shillings 300 million to reconstruct toilets in the affected schools. Kashari says that the temporarily toilet structures may crumble and kill their children.But John Chrysostom Muyingo, the state minister for Higher education accuses Nakasongala district officials of being elusive saying that he directed them to divert shillings 100 million from the construction of the Muslim secondary to construct toilets in vain.
He added that the ministry will give aid to the schools but they are still undergoing a process to effect it.
minister of state for higher education
ministry of education and sports
nakasongola district education officer