Authorities of Karenga district have set aside land for
establishment of a seed secondary school in Kapedo Sub County.
Currently, Karenga has
only one secondary school, Jubillee S S where there is a lot of congestion classrooms and dormitories as many students from the district compete for few vacancies from the
only secondary school. Jubilee Secondary School is located in Karenga Town Council.
Jonathan Mukose, the Chief Administrative Officer Karenga
says government has committed to fund the construction of the school, at an
estimated 2 billion shillings on construction of classrooms, dormitories and
other facilities. He said construction is expected to begin in the first quarter
in the next financial year, 2021/22 when money is available.
Mukose says the land for a seed school was provided donated by
Sub County authorities of Kapedo and community.
“We are now working to secure a land title as a part of the
requirement for construction to begin,” Mukose.
He said once the Seed School is established; it will
partially decongest Jubillee Seed Secondary School as
well as increase access to secondary school education in the district.
Karamoja region has the highest illiteracy rate in the country at 88 percent,
despite the Universal Primary Education [UPE], and Universal Secondary
Education [USE] freely available in the region, introduced by government to encourage more
children to go to school.
And according to the Karenga Chief Administrative
Officer, the district still needs more seed secondary schools to enroll
hundreds of learners when they complete their primary seven cycle.
“Even as this one comes, we are advocating for more schools
to improve education standards in the district. More schools mean that more
children who compete primary seven can join secondary education, he said in
an interview on Friday.
Samuel Mpimbaza Hashaka, the Resident District Commissioner Karenga
says communities have been widely sensitized in Karamoja about the need for
education, adding that the community of Karenga is positive about education and calling on government to open secondary schools in each sub county.
According to Hashaka, officials from the ministry of
education have already visited the site. He welcomed the development as a boost
to education in the district.
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Karenga is one of the youngest districts in Uganda having
been created in the financial year 2019/20.With low affinity for school education in Karamoja, there is no single privately owned secondary school. Government remains a monopolist in the provision of secondary education.