Sango Bay Camp Learning Center Hit By Lack of Scholastic Materials

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Ignatius Magobo, the Deputy Head Teacher Sango Bay Camp learning center says they have spent almost the entire first term without chalk.

Sango Bay Camp Learning Center is considering closing early without administering end of term one examinations due to lack of basic scholastic materials. Sango Bay Camp Learning Center is found in Lukoma village in Kakuuto Sub County in Rakai district. 

Currently, there are 800 pupils mostly refugee children at Sango Bay Camp Learning Center after another 900 dropped off due to hunger.  The center, which operates in tarpaulins donated by UNICEF, is grappling with lack of chalk boards, text books and papers amongst other basic scholastic requirements.
Ignatius Magobo, the Deputy Head Teacher Sango Bay Camp Learning Center says they have spent almost the entire first term without chalk. He says UNICEF donated to them some chalk at the beginning of the term but it didn't work.
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Magobo says pupils missed their midterm examinations because the school neither has papers nor chalk to administer the examinations. He says although the first term is about to end, they don't plan to set examinations because they lack capacity.
Some of the pupils told URN that, they sometimes spend the entire day playing because the teachers have no teaching aids. One of the pupils Joseph Kasigwa said that he doesn't grasp anything when teachers talk without writing on the chalkboard.

Kasigwa says he loves attending classes but the lack of scholastic materials is disappointing. Rose Nalubowa, the Senior Rakai District Education Officer says the learning center is not under the district. She says the district can only deploy teachers at the center, which they did and pay salaries. 
According to Nalubowa, they receive conditional grants, which are meant for established schools. Benon Mugabi, the Rakai LC5 Chairman says the district cannot divert funds for other schools to buy scholastic materials for Sango Bay Camp Learning Center. 

He says that center, can only get help from the Office of the Prime Minister, which has emergence funds.


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Edward Bindhe
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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.