Lwengo Closes 97 Schools

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Doreen Ankunda, the Lwengo District Education Officer says a big number of the affected schools have been operating without qualified teachers and basic facilities such as a classrooms and toilets, which exposes learners to hygiene related diseases.

At least 97 schools accused of operating below the minimum standards have been closed in Lwengo district as the first term opens throwing parents into confusion. In a January 28th letter, Godfrey Karuhiira, the Lwengo Chief Administrative Officer says the affected schools will not be allowed to open until they meet the required standards. Both nursery and primary schools are affected.

22 of the affected schools are found in Lwengo Sub County, 18 in Malongo, 12 in Kyazanga, 5 in Kingo, 20 in Lwengo Rural and Town council amongst others. According to Karuhiira, most of the affected schools have been operating without authorization since they are neither registered with the district education department nor the Education ministry.

Doreen Ankunda, the Lwengo District Education Officer says a big number of the affected schools have been operating without qualified teachers and basic facilities such as a classrooms and toilets, which exposes learners to hygiene related diseases. Ankunda says the district schools inspection department will deploy officials in each sub county to ensure the closure of the schools is enforced.

He says they will monitor the schools closely to ensure that they don’t open until they meet the minimum standards. Peter Nyanzi, a resident of Ndagwe and father of 4 children faults the district for closing the schools given the fact that there are only a few government schools in the district. He says some of the schools that meet the required minimum operational standards are located far away, which requires pupils to trek long distances to attend lessons.

Our reporter was unable to speak to any of the proprietors of the affected schools.

 

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