Bududa District is facing a shortage of secondary school. Out of
the 28 Sub counties in the district, only eight have public secondary schools.
Students have to trek long distances to the nearest schools in the neighbouring
sub-counties which has led to a surge in the school dropout especially
among the girls.
The affected sub-counties
include Buwali, Bushirobo, Bukibokolo, Busiriwa, Bundesi, Nakatsi,Bushiyi and
Nalwanza, Others are Mabono, Bufuma, and Bundesi among others.
According to the government policy, each sub-county is supposed to have at
least one secondary school.
Michael Mukute, a resident of Buwali says that many children in
the area have stopped in P.7 and failed to proceed to secondary due to the absence
of schools. He wants the government to expedite the program of school
construction in the sub-counties.
Kalisit Wanzusi a resident of Busiriwa Sub County says many children have
dropped out of school and are sexually harassed because of walking long
distances to access secondary education.
John Kibenya, the Busiriwa sub-county LCIII chairman told URN that the sub-county
currently depends on Bushiyi Christian secondary school, a private school which
is also very far away and charges a lot of school fees which most parents
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Moses Walimbwa, the LCIII chairperson of Bushiribo Sub County says the absence
of a secondary school in the sub-county has led to increased crime rate in the
area because of the school dropout. He cited case of theft, drug abuse and
Tappy Namulondo, the Chief Administrative Officer said that the
district has no plans to construct schools in the affected sub-counties because
of lack of funds.
“As a district, we have always wanted to reach services closer to
the people but due to financial constraints, we are not able.
Those sub-counties should wait for government program of constructing schools
in every sub-county” she said.