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The school head teacher, Christine Babirye, says huge gullies created on the slopes of the hill stretch into the school compound, which puts pupil’s lives at risk.
Christine Babirye points at the ditches left by excavators.

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Masese co-education primary school in Jinja municipality is in danger because of excavation by illegal settlers on Masese hill in Walukuba division.     

 

The school head teacher, Christine Babirye, says huge gullies created on the slopes of the hill stretch into the school compound, which puts pupil’s lives at risk. 

Babirye says the excavators and trucks ferrying murrum go through school land, prompting pupils to occasionally run after them.  

She says the ditches on the slopes bordering the school sports field have proved dangerous whenever it comes to co-curricular activities, which are part of the school time table.

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Babirye says although the school seats on 30 acres of land, almost half of it is occupied by adamant encroachers who keep reminding teachers that their job is to teach rather than protect the school land.  

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Betty Akera, the School Management Committee chairperson has appealed for government intervention arguing that left unchecked; the encroachment may lead to the eventual collapse of the school.  

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The Jinja Municipal town clerk, Ambrose Ochieng warns the encroachers, saying police has been instructed to impound all murrum trucks going through the school land.  

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