106 Schools Closed in Mbarara District

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Gabriel Ahimbisibwe, the Mbarara District Education Officer, says some of the closed schools lack the basic requirements.

There is uncertainty on the education of several children in Mbarara district following the closure of 106 private schools. District authorities have clamped down on the schools for alleged failure to meet the minimum operating standards.
Some of the affected schools had already received pupils ahead of the opening of the new term. They include among others Trust care - Katereza, Dica Junior School, Sunrise nursery school, Little Star Nursery school, Blue star primary school, Katenga secondary school, Kings preparatory Primary school, Nyeihanga Modern Primary school,  St. Emanuel Vocational secondary school, St. Mark Secondary school, Victory primary school, Kabirizi primary school, Bubare parents school and Rutooma Parents school.
Gabriel Ahimbisibwe, the Mbarara District Education Officer, says some of the closed schools lack the basic requirements.

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He says proprietors of some of the affected schools asked for a grace period of six months last year to put it place all the requirements in vain.
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Felix Cuthbert Esoku, the Mbarara Chief Administrative Officer says the closure follows several written and verbal reminders to the school authorities to put in place the requirements without success.
He accuses most of the school proprietors of focusing on making money at the expense of the learners. Esoku asked parents to demand for a valid license from the proprietors before enrolling their children in any of the schools.
He says the schools will be reopened after fulfilling the
requirements. Our reporter was unable to get a comment from the proprietors of the affected schools by the time of filing this story.


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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

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