Bunambutye settlement camp primary school in Bulambuli district have finally
laid down their tools over nonpayment of their allowances. It’s now two
weeks since the teachers laid down their tools.
The school was established to cater for the children of landslide victims resettled in the
camp. The teachers explained their decision to lay down their tools in April
12th, 2021 letter addressed to the School Management Committee Chairperson.
following are the challenges we facing and putting our work at stake. No
appointment letters since 2019 to date, no salaries from 2019, no scholastic
materials, operating under poor conditions hence no conducive learning
environment for the pupils i.e. one pit latrine for both teachers and learners,
dusty and hot tents, substandard operating Procedures for Covid-19,” the letter
Adding that “We, therefore, request to step aside for the concerned
office to come in and rescue the situation before taking back duties as
teachers.” The teachers
have severally raised the same complaints since last year. According to the parents,
their children are just roaming around the community since the teachers decided
to strike. On Tuesday morning, parents staged
a demonstration in the resettlement camp to protest the failure of their
children to attend lessons.
“We want our
Children back to school; Pay teachers their allowances among others,” the
parents chanted. Sam Wanga, the School Management Committee Chairperson,
confirmed receiving the teacher’s letter communicating their decision to stop
teaching because of the poor working condition.
According to Wanga, he has
already notified the district authorities about the teacher’s decision but hasn’t
received any response.
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Nathan Wilson Wanasolo, the chairperson of Bunambutye Resettlement Camp who led
the protest told journalists that they have tried to address their concerns
about the school to the relevant authorities but received no response. He says
the teachers decided to close the school until their concerns are addressed.
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Fred Gidudu, a teacher in the school says that they have been struggling to
teach because of the poor conditions that continue deteriorating day by day.
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David Wataswa and Nagudi Liise, both say that they are uncertain about the
future of their children.
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Ibrahim Wagasalwa Gimadu, the Bulambuli District Education Officer acknowledged
the poor conditions under which the school operates. He, however, said it is the
responsibility of the Office of the Prime Minister to ensure the smooth running
of the school.