Chrystelle Jocquet, the Belgian Development Agency Resident representative in Uganda, says that the intervention will address key gaps like the teaching of theory, which has left many school leavers jobless.
In Arua, Dr Willy Nguma, the Veterinary Officer Greater Arua, says that within three days they received 1,863 applications from those interested to be enumerators. He however says that they were forced to drop over 1,600 due to lack of LCI letters, National IDs and lack of Senior Six or its equivalent.
The over two acres of land located in Ediofe Mission village Komite parish, former Pajulu Sub County is reported to be belonging to Ediofe Cathedral Parish after it was handed by the then locals to Comboni Missionaries over 100 years ago.
During the handover of the learning tablets at Arua public primary school this week, Rachael Abia, the Regional Coordinator Brac-Master Foundation scholarship, said the intervention followed exorbitant charges levied by schools to teach learners during the lockdown.
The eviction was conducted by the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Arua Sandra Ewacabo after the only quarantine centre at Arua Nursing School got filled up. Fifteen contacts are currently quarantined at the school.
To date, the Board has awarded loans to 10,041 students, majority of them pursuing undergraduate degree programmes in public and private universities as well as other tertiary institutions, across the country. However, leaders from West Nile, say that the number of beneficiaries from their region is worrying.
Out of nine staff attached to the department, only three staff who include the senior Inspector of Schools, Education officer in charge of special needs and Sports officer are now left to run the department, overseeing more than 176 government-aided primary schools, 200 private schools and over 1,000 teachers.
Marino Acia, the Arua District Education Officer, says the transfers are aimed at boosting performance, saying some teachers have been mistreated by communities to the extent of burning down their houses due to rifts warranting their transfer.
Her father Albert Oruma, who crashes stones for a living said he only discovered his daughters hearing challenge last year after he asked the mother to send her to school in Arua. Although the condition was not publicly known to the teachers at St. Daniel, a private primary school in Manibe Sub County, they detected a problem with ‘the new pupil.’
The meeting, called by Rev. Fr. Nakari Adiga, the chairperson of Bishop Frederik Drandua foundation, which is currently running the school, was blocked by Monsignor Kasto Adeti, the Parish priest of Ediofe Cathedral branding it illegal. He argued that the Parish, on whose land the school is located is responsible for convening the meeting.
During the weekly media briefing at their Northern region offices in Arua town on Wednesday, Elia Alitia, the DP Vice President for Northern region said the torture, molestation and destruction of student property by security officers shouldn’t go scot free.
Alekua, who trained from the Institute of Teacher Education-Kyambogo –ITEK in the ’60s, was a chemistry teacher at Teso College Aloet, before joining Arua Secondary School as a Deputy Head Teacher. He retired in 2006 after a stint at Nyarilo S.S. where he served as a headteacher.
The warning followed a round of tension during the Arua district post-primary athletics competitions at Barifa Stadium, in Arua, where hundreds of stick-wielding students, engaged police in running battles for two days as they attempted to attack colleagues from rival schools.
Charles Draecabo, the President West Nile Education Trust Fund during in a press briefing in Arua town on Saturday said in addition to addressing the educational needs of the needy, the foundation will also address the root causes of poor performance of children in the