She says that St James Primary school will remain closed until 2013 after the expansion of the Lubigiâ€“ Nsooba drainage channel which is expected to reduce on flooding in Bwaise.
Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA has closed St James Primary school in Bwaise over flooding. The 400 pupils of the school have been referred to attend classes at the nearby schools. Ann Galiwango, the KCCA education director says that they were forced to close the school because it had become unfit for the children because of flooding.
She says that St James Primary school will remain closed until 2013 after the expansion of the Lubigi– Nsooba drainage channel which is expected to reduce on flooding in Bwaise. She says that KCCA engineers recommended the closure of the school because in addition to flooding it also has underground water springs.
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Jennifer Musisi, the KCCA executive director says shillings 26 billion has been allocated towards the improvement of education in the city. While presenting her budget estimates for the new financial year, Musisi said schools such as St. James, Kamwokya and Katwe primary schools are lined up for reconstruction and rehabilitation.
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She said the money will be spent on constructing classrooms, teacher’s staff quarters and perimeter fencing. However, Galiwango says that the renovation of St James primary school will be delayed until the drainage problem that leads to floods is addressed.
She says that KCCA is also considering several other options including buying off people close to the school to expand the drainage system to reduce on flooding. Sharifah Nakanywagi, a primary six pupil at the school is excited about the news of rehabilitating her schools saying that whenever it floods the rain deposits all sort of dirt in their school leading to the outbreak of water born diseases.
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Josephine Nansiri, a parent of three pupils in the school has welcomed the intervention of KCCA but asked the authority to embark on the drainage works soon to allow their children to continue with their studies. Nansiri believes improving the drainage channel will enable their children to study in an ample environment.
Godfrey Kijjambu Wasswa, the head teacher St. James Primary school says that they wrote to KCCA to intervene because of the persistent flooding in the school. He is however worried that the construction works may delay which may affect the operations of the school.