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Kyenjojo School on Verge of Closure over Lack of Classrooms

The government-owned school, was last month hit by a storm that destroyed most of its dilapidated structures that were being used as classroom blocks for five classes. The pupils are currently studying under trees and in a nearby church.
12 Mar 2019 07:55
Primary Three classroom in a dilapidated structure. The head teacher, Wilfred Alinaitwe says he is afraid that if the school keeps operating without any intervention, the stricture might collapse and harm the pupils

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Nyabubaale Primary School in Butunduzi Sub County, Kyenjojo District, is on the verge of closure of over lack of classrooms and teachers.

The government-owned school, was last month hit by a storm that destroyed most of its dilapidated structures that were being used as classroom blocks. The pupils are currently studying under trees and in a nearby church. 

Wilfred Arinaitwe, the head teacher says that the school was started by the community in 1999 and then taken over by government in 2008.

Arinaitwe says that currently, it’s only P.1 and P.7 that have permanent structures while the rest of the pupils are taught under trees and in Nyabubaale Catholic Church, whose activities displace pupils.

When URN reporter visited the school, P.2 and P.3, were studying in the church and lessons were conducted simultaneously within the same structure, while P.4 and P.5 study under trees and keep shifting to avoid the sun.

P.6 pupils study in a mud and wattle structure which is at the verge of collapsing. 

The school also lacks a library, office space and staff quarters. Teachers draw water for consumption from a nearby swamp. Arinaitwe says that he has informed the district authorities about the state of the school, but there hasn’t been intervention.

He says that the poor state of the school has caused a reduction in the enrollment from 652 pupils last year to about 500.

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He also says that although they are supposed to have 15 teachers on government pay role, they have only 7 who are stressed by the workload.  Deus Tumuhaise, a P.4 teacher says that the situation at the school is the worst he has faced.

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He also says that due to lack of staff quarters, teachers abscond from duty because the school is in a hard-to-reach area. 

Tumuhaise explains that he travels 8 kilometers from his home by Bodaboda every day to go to the school and spends over 14,000 on transport daily.  

Andrew Byamukama, the chairperson Parents and Teachers Association – PTA says that they have constructed temporary structures but are destroyed by strong winds.

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Kyenjojo District Education Officer – DEO, Gertrude Tibakanya, says that the department is aware of the challenges faced by the school, but can’t do anything due to lack of funds.

Mildred Kobusinge, a parent to the school wants that government to intervene since Nyabubaale is the only accessible primary school in the parish and the other schools are very distant and located in their neighboring Kamwenge district.