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A report from the district education department shows that some of the school classroom blocks collapsed whereas others have developed cracks because of being submerged resulting from the rising water levels.
14 Oct 2021 13:25
Youths removing ironsheets at house which was submerged by water at Muwunami landing site. Houses, schools and health centers were submerged by rising water

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At least 1500 pupils in Nakasongola district may fail to find where to study when schools reopen in January next year due to a lack of funds to renovate their learning classes submerged by the rising water levels in Lake Kyoga.

The affected schools include Lwampanga Roman Catholic, Kabira –Muwunami, Busone, Moone and Kyebisirye primary school. In 2020, floods from Lake Kyoga submerged school blocks and latrines at the schools.

A report from the district education department shows that some of the school classroom blocks collapsed whereas others have developed cracks because of being submerged resulting from the rising water levels. 

Nakasongola District Education Officer, George William Kajura, says that they submitted the list of the affected schools to the Ministry of Education and Sports and the Office of the Prime Minister seeking support to either relocate or renovate them. 

Kajura says that 1500 learners in the affected schools will have nowhere to go when schools reopen in January 2022 unless they are renovated or reconstructed. Janet Nabitaka, a parent at Busone Primary School has appealed to the district and Ministry of Education to find alternatives how their children can learn because they have nowhere to take them. 

She says that the neighbouring schools are located in distant areas and inaccessible to the learners. Sam Kigula, the Nakasongola District LC V Chairperson, says that the Prime Minister visited the areas affected by the floods and pledged to disburse Shillings 650 million for the relocation of Moone Primary School to a safer place after finding its buildings completely submerged. 

He says that the money will be used to construct new school classroom blocks at Kalwara village to host 450 pupils who were studying at the school. He says that they are yet to secure any other funding to either renovate or relocate the four remaining schools.

 

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Nakasongola district has 302 primary schools.  144 of these are under the Universal Primary Education, 23 Community Schools and 135 Private Schools.

However, it recently emerged that at least 19 Private Schools have ceased operations because of the prolonged closure of schools resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Another 23 Primary Schools constructed by Save the Education, a non-Government Organization and handed over to the district are also experiencing serious financial challenges after failing to secure UPE capitation grants.