The change of a contractor has hindered the completion of St Paul’s
Nyabweya Secondary School, Kasenda Sub County in Kabarole district.
Last year, Government allocated 700 million shillings for the construction of
classrooms, laboratories, and a library at the community school which currently
has only two structures.
However, the Ministry of Education and Sports striped the district of the
powers to find the contractor and procure materials despite the money being
deposited on the district account.
As a result, the district was forced to drop the company that had been awarded
The process dragged on until April when the Ministry awarded the contract
to Prutaz Construction and Vocational Training Centre (U) LTD.
Richard Rwabuhinga, the Kabarole LCV Chairperson decries the action of the
Ministry, which has greatly affected the project that is at the slab level yet
it would be at the roofing stage by now.
He also expressed fears that the money could be returned to the
treasury if it is not absorbed before the end of the financial year.
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According to the head teacher, Godfrey Businge, the school has since failed to
attract students because they lack adequate classrooms, and as a result, the enrollment
from S.1 to S.4 stands at only 146 students.
Businge explains that they had planned to start A-level at the school because
they have realised that most students stop at S.4 due to lack of secondary
schools in the Sub County, but their plans have also been frustrated by the
The head teacher says that many students have been going to the school to seek
an opportunity to study from there but when they realize that it lacks
classrooms, library, and laboratories, they just turn away.
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Efforts to get a comment from the Ministry have been futile as our repeated
calls went unanswered.
But Rwabuhinga says he will write to its Education Permanent Secretary asking
him to own up the problem and also appeal to the Finance Ministry not to return
St Paul’s Nyabweya Secondary School started in 2009 as a community school
though it is Catholic founded and now being aided by the government.
It is one of the only two secondary schools in the whole of Kasenda Sub County
with the second being Pere Achete Secondary School which is privately-owned and
about 10 kilometres away.