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Excitement as Gov’t Takes Over Alwa Seed Secondary School

In his January 23rd, 2020 letter to Francis Atubo, Alwa Seed Secondary School Head teacher, the Education and Sports Ministry Permanent Secretary, Alex Kakooza, says government offered jobs to all the teachers who had volunteered at the school for one year.

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There is excitement in Alwa Sub County in Kaberamaido district following a government decision to take over Alwa Seed Secondary School. Both residents and local leaders got thrilled with joy when news spread that government had taken over the school, absorbed the 27 staff and recruited 5 support staff.

In his January 23rd, 2020 letter to Francis Atubo, Alwa Seed Secondary School Head teacher, the Education and Sports Ministry Permanent Secretary, Alex Kakooza, says government offered jobs to all the teachers who had volunteered at the school for one year. 

Following the development, residents donated land for the expansion of the school while others offered to accommodate teachers as they wait for their houses. 

John Willy Egwau, the Alwa sub county LC V Councilor, says the decision of government to take over the school will go a long way in fighting illiteracy levels in the sub county.

He observed that several children were forced out of school due to the distant secondary schools from their area.

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George William Egweu, a parent at Alwa Seed Secondary School, says he is relieved to hear about government’s involvement in the education of their children. 

“It is the first intervention in this area since time memorial yet this is one of the oldest sub counties in Teso. Our girls will now have an opportunity to study because most of them have been dropping out of school due to the long distance,” he said. 

He explained that several parents have lost girls to pregnancies whenever they try to rent for them rooms in trading centers. “This is indeed good news to us”, the elderly man said.

Alwa Seed Secondary School was established by the community last year following a community meeting with district officials following high demand for secondary school in the area. Alwa has been the only sub county without a secondary school in Kaberamaido district. 

It’s one of the sub counties with high illiteracy levels in Teso Sub Region. By the close of third term last year, senior one alone had an enrollment of 197 students. The school that was operating in church premises had up to senior three classes. 

The Head Teacher told our reporter that the school will have its pioneer students sitting Uganda Certificate of Education in 2020. He called for unity among all stakeholders to develop the school.