Water Shortage Affecting Performance in Kabale Schools

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The Headmistress St Teresa Vocational School, Lucia Mahurire, has described water shortage in schools as a “cancer that continuously reduces the students’ study times.”

Students in Secondary schools in Kabale are spending valuable hours of study,  hunting for water.
 
The Headmistress St Teresa Vocational School, Lucia Mahurire, has described water shortage in schools as a “cancer that continuously reduces the students’ study times.”
 
This revelation on Sunday stems from the poor academic performance recorded in the 2011 UCE examination results.
 
Schools  worst affected by the water shortages are St Teresa Vocational Secondary School, St Mary’s College Rushoroza, St Maria Goretti Secondary School, St. Paul’s Seminary and St Maria Goretti Primary School.
 
 She said the morning and evening hours usually meant for private studies are instead used to collect water from water points located as far as one kilometer from the schools.
 
“This is an awkward situation and too bad for students who are expected to perform well academically and for the government because they want to see good results from students who have no water to use in the school”, said the headmistress.
 
She said that the government should give a quick hand to solve the water crisis in schools.
 
Sr Lucia Mahurire said that of the 12 girls at St Teresa who got first division in the 2011 UCE results,  more girls could have passed with the same grade if there was no problem of water.
 
The chairman board of Governors St Teresa vocational school Odomaro Byamugisha,  said that they have agreed to install four gig water tanks at school to harvest rain water in order to reduce time students spend on collecting water for usage at school.
 
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