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Aboke High School Destroyed by Hailstorm, Closed

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The Monday night hailstorm ripped the iron sheets off 11 classrooms and all dormitories. The houses of three teachers were also destroyed.
Some students leaving the school after they were sent home folloiwng the destruction
Aboke High School in Kole district has been closed after a hailstorm destroyed classroom blocks and dormitories.

The Monday night hailstorm ripped the iron sheets off 11 classrooms and all dormitories.

The houses of three teachers were also destroyed.

Joel Okello, the school head teacher said about 12 girls were rushed and admitted at Aboke Health Centre IV after the fainted during the incident.  He however says that they were later discharged.

Okello also says that the students had finished writing end of term examinations.

The decision to close the school was approved by the school management committee and Kole District education committee.

Tom Okware, the Kole District Education Officer on Tuesday visited the school with a team of district officials to ascertain the magnitude of destruction.

Okware said learning could not continue since both classrooms and dormitories including offices have been destroyed.

According to Okware, all the destroyed facilities will be repaired during the first term holidays.

Bosco Otim, a parent of the school described the damages as huge and requires special attention from the government. Otim says the school should be given special attention if it is to resume learning in second term.

Gilbert Odongo, the Kole District Secretary for Education urged all stakeholders to intervene and rescue the school.

Odongo says they are also considering writing to the Disaster Preparedness Ministry seeking for their intervention.

Aboke High, with a population of more than 800 students is one of the government aided traditional Secondary Schools in Lango Sub-region.

The school has since been suffering with dilapidated learning structures with continued appeal to government in vain.