Hill Road Public School to Benefit from MTN Education Fund

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Godfrey Kayemba, the Mayor Masaka Municipality has welcomed the gesture, saying the municipality lacks funds to renovate the school. He hopes they will budget for all UPE schools in the municipality in next financial year.

Hill Road Public School in Masaka district is one of the ten schools that are to benefit from the Shillings 5 billion education fund from MTN. Hill Road Public school is located at Bwala Hill in Katwe-Butego division and has a total enrollment of 3600 pupils, making it the most populated Universal Primary school in the Sub region.


Despite being among the best UPE primary schools in the country, Hill Road Public school is grappling with dilapidated classroom structures.  The school hasn't had any major renovation since the school was built by Asians in the 1950s. The five blocks are in ruins. The windowpanes are no more and the last coat of paint has faded.
 


However, this will be a thing of the past, thanks to MTN's We Care Education Foundation. Wim Vanhelleputte, the MTN Chief Executive Officer, says Hill Road Public school was selected to benefit from the Education Fund alongside ten other schools around the country.


The other beneficiary schools are in Gulu, Jinja, Mbarara, Entebbe, Kampala and Mbale among other areas. According to Wim Vanhelleputte, they will use part of the fund to provide scholastic materials to pupils and renovate the dilapidated classroom block. This morning, Vanhelleputte led a team of MTN officials to start rehabilitating the dilapidated classroom blocks at Hill Road Public School.
 

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Charles Nsereko, the head teacher Hill Road Public school says they are excited that they have had some of their classroom blocks rehabilitated. He says all the blocks are still strong but just need just replacing windowpanes and asbestos sheets and a fresh coat of paint.


Godfrey Kayemba, the Mayor Masaka Municipality has welcomed the gesture, saying the municipality lacks funds to renovate the school. He hopes they will budget for all UPE schools in the municipality in next financial year.
 
 
Hill Road public school made it in the news sometime back when a group of Asians attempted to reclaim and demolish the school to pave way for the construction of a hotel. Rajin Taylor the Chairperson of the Indian Association of Uganda said they want to redevelop the land on which the school sits, saying Uganda Land Commission had allocated it to them.

 


The move prompted Mathias Mpuuga, the Masaka municipality MP to petition the Education and Sports Ministry protesting the planned demolition of this school. In 2015, Ministry of Education stopped the planned demolition of the school on grounds that the Indian association had fraudulently secured documents to reclaim the school land.
 

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.