Broken Bridges Push Class Attendance Low

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Class absenteeism has become a problem is several primary schools in Hoima due to broken bridges.

Class absenteeism has become a problem is several primary schools in Hoima due to broken bridges.
 
Heavy rains washed away two bridges- Nyabuhere Bridge joining Bugambe and Kiziranfumbi Sub counties and the Nyakahimbo Bridge connecting Bugambe and Buhimba Sub Counties in Hoima, making it difficult for children to go to school.

Worst affected by the broken bridges are pupils at Kisambu primary school in Kiziranfumbi Sub County,
and  Bugambe primary and secondary schools.
 
Residents say children are finding it difficult to cross the waters to find their way to school. The sight of mothers helping their children wade through the waters is increasingly becoming common.
 
But for pupils who cannot cross the swelling water, the only option is remain at home until the waters go down.
 
Rosemary Kyaboga, a farmer from Kanigiro village in Bugambe Sub County says the water levels are bound to continue rising, and she has decided to withdraw her two children from school until a new bridge is constructed.

At Bugambe primary school, Erikana Asiimwe, a primary two teacher, says almost a quarter of the pupils in his class have been persistently absent following the collapse of Nyakahimbo Bridge.

Teachers at Kisambu primary school too said class attendance is increasingly becoming low.  

On Tuesday, the district works committee led by the district Engineer, Julius Ssentamu visited and assessed the collapsed bridges. Engineer Ssentamu however said the district was overwhelmed by the number of collapsing bridges due to heavy rains and budgetary constraints are holding back the major repairs.
 
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