The Kitgum Municipal Mayor Richard Ojara Okwera says that the municipal council has agreed that the 30 slots be equally shared between the three divisions of Pandwong, Central and Pager with each administrative unit taking 10 slots.
The Omiya Anyima Sub County LC III Chairperson, Julius Peter Otto reveals that the majority of the schools were started in the early 90s to help pupils within their localities to attend pre-primary classes due to lack of schools.
John Okura, the Alune Primary School headteacher said on Friday that the number of learners with nodding syndrome had been varying between ten and six since the reopening prompting concerns from the school management.
Kitgum District LC V Chairperson, Christopher Obol Arwai says inquiries into the drastic drop in enrolment at the institution show that the majority of the learners moved to other technical institutes with relatively lower tuition fees.
The school, located in an area densely populated by children suffering from nodding syndrome, has an enrolment of 449 learners. Of these 30 are suffering from nodding syndrome and 10 of them reported back to school this morning as gates reopened after almost two years of inactivity.
Alfred Okema, the Kiteny Sub County LC III Chairperson told URN on Saturday that only Lokoropwac primary school has a functional borehole. Okema explained that the other schools have neither boreholes nor piped water as they were using giant tanks to harvest rainwater.
The decision follows concerns raised by local leaders and technical officials both at the Municipal council and district who say that the building is in a dire state and further attempts to renovate it will put the lives of pupils at risk.
According to the District Internal Security Officer David Aisu, the parents argue that through the structured communal lessons parents would convene few learners in the upper classes not exceeding more than twenty from within a cell or village and identify a teacher to conduct lessons.
The district had targeted to vaccinate 1,829 teachers out of which, 1,189 are in the district and 640 in the Municipality. Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech, however, says by Thursday last week, only 427 teachers out of the targeted 1,829 had received their first and second jab.
Patrick Odong, the headteacher at Gweng Pamon P7 School says that the model that involves two or more teachers conducting a lesson simultaneously helps teachers utilize the available time to embark on intense teaching to cover the syllabus.
The Chairperson of the School Management Committee Samuel Ochola alleges that the school headteacher Patrick Omal reportedly forged his signature and that of the treasurer to withdraw the said funds in two separate transactions from the school bank account.
Lack of boreholes at the school has compelled parents to load their children with water containers to carry to school for daily use. Girls in boarding schools are exposed to dangers as they trek several miles daily to fetch water for school use.
The Kitgum District Inspector of Schools Bitek Okot says the statistics were obtained from a recent assessment conducted to ascertain how many candidates registered for the Primary Leaving Examinations against the total enrollment of learners who reported to school in the first term.
Julius Peter Otto, the Omiya Anyima Sub-county LCIII Chairperson, who ordered for the arrest of the suspect, says he got a tip-off from concerned residents who had sighted him selling textbooks in bars on separate occasions.