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Lack of Libraries Hamper Reading in Luwero Schools

Rebecca Mutoni a Primary Seven pupil at Katikamu Sebamala Primary School says that although they want to read so as to improve their performance, the school has no library and the available classroom blocks are in a sorry state to facilitate a reading environment.
Pupils of Katikamu Sebamala reading to mark the DEAR day

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The lack of books and space has hampered reading in government schools across Luwero district.

According to UWEZO Uganda Learning Assessment Report 2018, the percentage of P3-P7 children who could read and comprehend a basic story at the P.2 level dropped from 39% in 2015 to 33% in 2018 across the country.

The report further indicates only 41.9 % of P3-P7 children had combined P2 competency in English reading and numerical tasks in Luwero district.

Rebecca Mutoni a Primary Seven pupil at Katikamu Sebamala Primary School says that although they want to read so as to improve their performance, the school has no library and the available classroom blocks are in a sorry state to facilitate a reading environment.

Galvin Kaliisa another pupil says that due to the lack of a library, they read under the trees but are sometimes distracted by noise from fellow pupils.

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Moses Ssenfuka the Deputy Headteacher of Katikamu Sebamla Primary School says that due to the lack of a library, the few available books are kept in metallic boxes at the office of the Headteacher, and access is restricted.

Ssenfuka explains that some learners even fear approaching the office to ask for the books and this affects reading.

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There are over 230 government primary schools in Luwero district but none boast of enough reading materials or libraries.

Florence Bbosa Ssekitoleko the Luwero district Education Officer says that ideally every learner is supposed to have a book for reading at a time but due to lack of materials, many of them have no option but share.

Bbosa adds that pupils also read for only passing exams and parents don’t offer the necessary support to help them acquire skills.

He says that although libraries are not available, schools ought to motivate learners to read and called for donations of reading materials from organizations.

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On Friday, Uganda marked the Drop Everything and Read a campaign supported by Rotarians in clubs across the country to promote Basic Education and Literacy Enhancement Program. Under the theme' Imagine Reading as a Way of Life ', Rotarians visited schools and read books with the pupils.

Ronald Kisakye the President of the Rotary Club of Wobulenzi says that a survey done in schools by the club indicates the failure to read and comprehend is partly responsible for poor performance among pupils in government schools.

Kisakye says that as result, the club through their literacy signature project for the year 2022/23, intends to donate books to selected schools to promote access to learning materials for pupils in Luwero.

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