Soroti Flying School Hit Hard By Budget Cuts Top story

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Bliika Musheshe, the Guild President East African Civil Aviation Academy they are meant to study for only two years but because of the challenges the Academy is facing some students spend up to seven years.

The crisis at the East African Civil Aviation Academy is a result of budgets, the director Ronald Lodiong has revealed.  Students at the East African Civil Aviation Academy are going without flight practice following the grounding of the 8 aircrafts, which are due for routine maintenance. Lodiong says the Academy is constrained financially and is unable to service the Aircrafts.

He explains that they can neither repairs nor transport the Aircraft Propellers to Nairobi for servicing due to lack of funds. He explains that after the works and transport ministry proposed to move the academy under the East African community last financial year, its budget was cut, which has hampered its operations.

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He made these revelations while meeting Rebecca Kadaga, the speaker of parliament over the weekend. Bliika Musheshe, the Guild President East African Civil Aviation Academy they are meant to study for only two years but because of the challenges the Academy is facing some students spend up to seven years.
 
Bliika says students are running out of patience as some of their parents have stopped paying their tuition as a result of the endless training. He also explains that the instructors are not well remunerated, which has forced them to leave for greener pastures.

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Bliika  says in 2010, government procured six new Cessna 172 aircrafts for Soroti Flying School without taking consideration of their operational costs. He explains that Cessna aircrafts consume a lot of fuel, which is costly for the institution that is grappling with budget cuts.
 
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Angeline Osegge, Soroti woman Member of Parliament says it’s too painful to see Soroti Flying school going to waste.
 
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In her response Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Parliament said it was unfair for students to spend more years at school instead of the two years the course is meant to take. She promised to discuss with the president about the pathetic situation at the academy.
 
Kadaga also pledged to ensure a motion on the academy is presented in parliament before December saying the situation at the academy is worrying.

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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.