Karenga to Get Second Gov't Aided School

With low affinity for school education in Karamoja, there is no single privately owned secondary school. Government remains a monopolist in secondary education.
15 May 2021 17:46

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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.