Kabarole Community Schools Struggling to Survive

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In short
The schools, built by Churches and handed over to the community for management, have over the years deteriorated in appearance and education standards. The classrooms have cracks, the schools lack learning materials and adequate sanitation facilities while pupils sit on the floor.

Community schools in Kabarole district are threatening to close due to lack of support from the government.

The schools, built by Churches and handed over to the community for management, have over the years deteriorated in appearance and education standards. The classrooms have cracks, the schools lack learning materials and adequate sanitation facilities while pupils sit on the floor.

The Ministry of Education and Sports had earlier indicated, in a circular to the Kabarole District Education Officer Patrick Rwakaikara, that seven community schools in the district had been selected to receive support.

They were to be provided with furniture, teachers and support to renovate the infrastructure which includes classrooms and toilets. The selected primary schools were Nyaruhanga, Kamuhigi, Kiyombya, Butebe and Nyarusandara primary schools among others.

However, the schools have not received the support.

Kiyombya Primary School in Busoro Sub County has a population of 640 pupils. The pupils attend classes in mud and wattle classrooms. The school also lacks a latrine and has inadequate text books for pupils.

Gerald Mugume, the school's Headteacher says that a group of Christians constructed the school 10 years ago and handed it over to the community to manage The school charges pays 25,000 Shillings in fees from each pupil every school term to meet the cost of operation and pay teachers' salaries.
 
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Felix Karuhanga, the Headteacher of Butebe Primary school in Hakibale Sub County says that the school depends on assistance from residents. Karuhanga also says that the school latrine collapsed three months ago and there are no funds to construct another latrine.

He says the absence of sanitary facilities contributed to absenteeism on the part of the teachers and pupils. The school has 278 pupils.
 
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Patrick Rwakaikara, the Kabarole district education officer, says that the schools should be patient since he has been informed by Ministry of Education authorities that the funds will be released within three months.
 

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

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