Stephen Ogaali, the Deputy Head Teacher Acomai Primary School and only staff member found in the school told our reporter that they have written several reports to the district for help but nothing is forthcoming.
of Acomai Primary School in Kamutur Sub County in Bukedea District currently operates in a
pit latrine after rainwater washed away the existing structures in the school.
Founded by the community in 2008, the government took over the school in
2012 after Bukedea District Local Government posted teachers to the school. The school had an
enrolment of close to 1,000 pupils by the time government closed schools in
2020 because of the
However, the school, which was operating in temporal
structures was recently affected by the heavy rains that swept away the
buildings, leaving only the two-stance pit latrine standing in the compound. This prompted the school
administration to shift all the office equipment including furniture, school
records and textbooks among others to the pit latrine, which is also being used by the community in
Stephen Ogaali, the Deputy Head Teacher Acomai Primary School and only staff member found in the school told our reporter that they have written
several reports to the district for help but nothing is forthcoming. He explained that several
monitoring visits have been conducted at the school by both the local leaders and technical staff at the
Ogaali says that the school needs urgent
intervention by the government to enable learning to resume when schools open next
year. He told URN that in 2019, the District Chairperson, Moses Olemukan told
the community that the council had allocated Shillings 119 million for the
construction of classroom blocks but nothing has happened.
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Jane Anyango Ogwang, the Bukedea District
Inspector of Schools says that they have written reports to the district about
the plight of the school but
have not received any response. “The only person who can speak to you about
that school is the Chief Administrative Officer because he has all the reports
about Acomai Primary school. As education departments, we have done our best to
avail reports about the school”, she said.
Joseph Maira Mukasa, the Chief Administrative
Officer of Bukedea, says the district is conducting an assessment on the location of the
school because of its vulnerability to waterlogging. Mukasa says that if the
area doesn’t support the school, the district will consider transferring it to another place.
According to Mukasa, the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness
also visited the school and pledged 200 iron sheets for the construction of the
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Acomai Primary School is the only school in
Acomai parish serving more than four villages in Kamutur Sub County. The school
is coded by the Ministry of Education and Sports with primary seven class.