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Kyotera School Resumes a Week After Fire Disaster :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Kyotera School Resumes a Week After Fire Disaster

According to Paul Ssegawa, the school’s Deputy Head Teacher, the learners are excited to return to class. He appealed to all parents and guardians to take the children back to school saying the situation has stabilised.
Excited learners report back at St. John's Primary school-Kyotera to resume studies a week after fire outbreak. Photo by Davis Buyondo

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Studies have recommenced at St. Johns Primary School in Kyotera one week after a disastrous fire outbreak. 

The tragic incident happened on January 15, 2022 leaving nine-year-old Savio Mark Sserugga, a Primary Four pupil dead, several other learners were injured and property burnt to ashes. 

The District Security Team, the area Members of Parliament and the school authorities agreed to keep the traumatized children under psych-social support for a week before the studies resume. 

According to Paul Ssegawa, the school’s Deputy Head Teacher, the learners are excited to return to class. He appealed to all parents and guardians to take the children back to school saying the situation has stabilised.

//Cue in: “Olwaleero lunaku…//

Cue out:……………..yaba atugumya.”// 

He further thanked the police for providing enough security every night saying that the learners have been well protected since the fire incident. 

//Cue in: “Poliisi tujebaza…//

Cue out:………kuvaamu burungi.”//

On Friday, the school staff and parents held a meeting to fundraise for the reconstruction of the gutted dormitory and replace all scholastic items that were destroyed when the dormitory caught fire. 

Ssegawa explains that more than three million shillings was pledged and some collected in the meeting. 

//Cue in: “Twayita olukiiko…//

Cue out:……………..nga webyaali.”//

Joseph Mugumya, one of the parents at the school says his son has undergone enough counseling after the incident and he is ready to cope with the situation at school. 

The parents appealed to the police to investigate and produce a report about the fire that occurred and killed Sseruga and which also destroyed the learners’ properties. 

While the plan to renovate or rebuild the dormitory is being laid, URN has learnt that police is yet to approve it. Hassan Hiwumbire, the Kyotera District Police Commander, says they are still waiting for another forensics team to do a scene scanning of the affected dormitory before they allow the reconstruction plan. 

He adds that they are still investigating and the findings will be presented to the school, parents and the public as soon as the report is completed.

//Cue in: “Nga Security tukyali……//

Cue out:……………..okuba nga gukwata.”//

He adds that they are to maintain the security at the school until the situation normalises since it is the police’s duty to protect and serve. 

//Cue in: “Olwaleero lunaku…//

Cue out:……………..yaba atugumya.”//