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Kasese Education Officials Worried About Dire Situation In Schools

In Kyarumba primary school, thugs made off with metallic doors from the newly constructed latrine. Mainja says that the status of most schools in the district is appealing, which might affect their re-opening next year.
A number of schools in Kasese have been invaded by thieves who have made off with properties including doors and office furniture

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Several schools in Kasese district may not reopen after the prolonged closure because of the damage caused by vandals. Other schools have been transformed into kraals for cattle.  

Kasese District Education Officer, George Mainja told URN at his office that his office has received a number of reports indicating loss of properties and invasion of school premises by local communities to graze or plant crops.

He cites Buhahura and Kisamba primary schools where the solar panels have been stolen and Kakoni primary in Mahango sub-county, which lost its lightning arresters to thugs.

In Kyarumba primary school, thugs made off with metallic doors from the newly constructed latrine. 

Mainja says that the status of most schools in the district is appealing, which might affect their re-opening next year. 

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Mainja says that there is malicious damage that has been reported where community members destroy windows and fix sticks in padlocks after failing to gain access into classrooms or offices. 

He says that there is no supervision especially in schools found in hard to reach areas, especially where headteachers stay far away.  

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The DEO appeals to headteachers and the local community to sacrifice some time and make on spot checks on their school premises. 

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Hamis Bwambale, the headteacher of Kyalanga primary School, says that it has been difficult to monitor schools since the thugs usually come at night. 

He also reveals that some headteachers come from neighbouring districts and returned to their ancestral homes when the lockdown started.

 

Getress Ithungu, a parent at Kyalanga primary is worried that the cost of fixing and buying new school properties could be transferred to parents. 

She thinks it would have been ideal for schools to have permanent security guards during the lockdown.

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Ritah Biira, the LC III Chairperson of Mbuga Sub County, says that it's unfortunate that some classrooms in the Sub County don't have doors giving easy access to thugs. 

Kasese Resident District Commissioner, RDC Joe Walusimbi, says that he has instructed headteachers to monitor their schools since they continue to get their salaries.   

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