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Huge Number of Refugee Pupils At Maratatu School Shocks Ecweru

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Ecweru was shocked to discover that the school that was established in 2018 hosts more than 7000 pupils in 11 classrooms manned by 26 teachers. According to Ecweru, the high number of pupils makes it difficult for children to access quality education desired by government.
Ministers Ecweru and Namuyangu, the local government state minister with Pupils of Maratatu Primary school in Kyangwali refugee settlement area.

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The high number of refugee children at Maratatu Primary school in Kyangwali Refugee settlement area in Kikuube district has shocked the Disaster Preparedness and Refugee Minister, Musa Ecweru. 

 

The minister was leading a team of officials from government, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees-UNHCR and the Comprehensive Refugee Response Frame work -CRRF secretariat Uganda and other Implementing and development partners for a field visit to Kyangwali refugee settlement area on Wednesday.  

Ecweru was shocked to discover that the school that was established in 2018 hosts more than 7000 pupils in 11 classrooms manned by 26 teachers. 

According to Ecweru, the high number of pupils makes it difficult for children to access quality education desired by government.   

He called for the intervention of UNHCR and other development partners to address the problem of congestion at the school by ensuring the construction of more structures and providing the necessary manpower.

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Jolly Kebirungi, the Commandant Kyangwali Refugee settlement area, says the situation at Maratatu Primary school is alarming and requires immediate intervention from all stakeholders.  

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Ryeeza Greem, the Deputy Head teacher Maratatu Primary school, says they are faced with a number of challenges including among others lack of staff quarters, language barrier, inadequate staff and classrooms. 

He says currently pupils attend lessons in shifts because of space constraints.  

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Onesmas Olimani, the Education Officer Windle International in Kyangwali Refugee settlement area, says something has been to done to provide the children quality education because they have a positive attitude towards education. 

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Kyangwali refugee settlement area was gazzeted in the 1960s. It currently hosts approximately 111300 refugees from Sudan, Rwanda, Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  

They occupy different areas within Kyangwali refugee settlement comprising of 356 blocks, 29 villages and 6 zones.