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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.
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Teachers at 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. 

“The 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 reads.

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.    

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