Quinto Odongo, the Otuke District Education Officer described the situation at many schools as “appalling”, saying that although they have plans of renovating the schools, they operate on a meagre budget.
As the government considers reopening schools in January 2022 following the nationwide lockdown resulting
from the COVID-19 pandemic, some schools in Otuke district might not reopen due to a lack of classrooms. Some schools lack classrooms
to accommodate learners after losing their
rooftops to heavy storms.
The affected schools include Amoni primary school
in Ogwete sub-county, Arom, Ociro and Oluro in Ogor sub-county, Anepmoroto,
Alangi, and Oboko in Orum sub-county. The others are Olilim in Olilim sub-county and
Okwongo and Okeremomkok in Adwari sub-county. Alfred Malina, the Otuke Chief Administrative Officer, says that some learners might get stuck at
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Quinto Odongo, the Otuke District Education Officer described the
situation at many schools as “appalling”, saying that although they have plans of renovating the schools, they operate on a meagre budget. He says that
the district currently renovating Barocok and Ogoro primary schools that were affected by heavy
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The lack of classrooms is not the only challenge.
Some schools do not have staff houses.
At Baralegi, a primary school which was relocated to a new site following the construction of a presidential lodge
in the area, there is only two twin house accommodating 8 out of 14
teachers at the school.
Betty Obba, a member of the School Management
Committee explained that upon relocation, the president promised to build a model school but that promise has not been
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According to her, the situation at the school is
now so bad that the teachers fear bringing their spouses to their workplace due to a lack of privacy.
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Whereas at Okwang primary school, there are only 5
houses to accommodate 16 teachers. The school also lack desks. Six hundred out of the 958 pupils enrolled at the school were sitting on the floor
by the time schools closed.
Otim, the headteacher of the school says despite the big infrastructural
challenge, there are also facing a problem of encroachment.
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Otuke district has 45 government-aided primary
schools with an enrolment
of 46, 783 pupils.