Parents Push Govt For Secondary School

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In short
In 2015, Kabende located in Burahya County, Kabarole district, was elevated to sub county after it was split from Hakibale Sub County. However the newly created sub county has no single government secondary school. Currently, students from Kabende go to Rusekere Secondary School, a government aided school, which is more than 10 kilometres away.

Parents in Kabende Sub County, Kabarole district are demanding for a government secondary school in the area.
 
In 2015, Kabende located in Burahya County was elevated to sub county after it was split from Hakibale Sub County.
 
However the newly created sub county has no single government secondary school.

Currently, students from Kabende go to Rusekere Secondary School, a government aided school, which is more than 10 kilometres away.
 
The parents argue that they want their children to study close to home, but it is very hard for them and that the lack of a secondary school could lead to school drop-outs.
 
David Isingoma, a parent says that Rusekere Secondary School is located several kilometres from his home. He explains that he cannot afford to pay transport for his children and as result, the children are forced to walk a distance of six kilometres to and from school every day.
 
Isingoma adds that his children often arrive late at school, which could affect their performance because they miss out on early morning classes.
 
Janet Mbabazi, another parent says that she spends so much money on daily transport for her children to Rusekere. Mbabazi says the long distance between her home and her children's school is a constant nightmare and she is afraid that her daughters will be attacked.
 
She also says that she cannot take her children to private secondary schools due to exorbitant fees.
 
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James Katusabe Katabarwa, the Kabende LC3 Chairperson says the sub county needs at least three secondary schools which should be evenly distributed. Katabarwa explains that pupils who will complete Primary Seven could drop out due to lack of a secondary school.
 
He adds that it's a surprise that the government is embarking on renovation of existing schools in the district and yet the sub county lacks any school.

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Patrick Rwakaikara, the Kabarole district education officer says that they have written to the Ministry of Education and Sports but there has not been any response. 

In April, parliament tasked the government to table a plan detailing how and when it intends to construct secondary schools in 273 sub counties across the country. The MPs' demand followed revelations last year, by the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda that that 273 sub counties countrywide lacked secondary schools.

 

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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.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

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