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Lack of Transports Hampers Busia Schools Inspection

Etyang says the education department has not carried out any serious inspection of schools in the area ever since the schools were allowed to operate with the given classes. They take time begging heads of department in other local government department and in most cases they fail to get a vehicle to enable them reach the schools
Erisam Etyang addressing journalists

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The Busia district education department officials have admitted their failure to carry out inspection of schools, blaming it on lack of transport.

Busia district has a total of 113 government aided primary schools and 13 secondary schools. With private institutions, in all there are over 150 both primary and secondary private schools.

Erisam Etyang, the Busia district education officer-DEO says that they are stranded and are no longer carrying out inspection of schools due to lack of transport means.

Etyang says the education department has not carried out any serious inspection of schools in the area ever since the schools were allowed to operate with the given classes. They take time begging heads of department in other local government department and in most cases they fail to get a vehicle to enable them reach the schools

He appeals government to provide the sector some transport means to facilitate their work in the district.

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Juma Makokha, Kenneth Wanyama Masaaka and Christine Nanjala among other residents says that the lives of their children are at risk of contracting the deadly coronavirus if the district education officials are not inspecting the schools.Some schools might be defying the standard operating procedures, they say.

Silus Ouma another resident says that those are the issue that have contributed to the academic performance in Busia district deteriorating. He appealed to relevant authorities to quickly intervene to avail a vehicle for the department so that inspection of schools takes place.

Moses Mangeni, the Busia district communication officer in a phone interview with our reporter says that the concerns were raised and the education department were advised to put it in their plan so that a vehicle for the department can be bought using school facilitation grand-SFG in the next financial year 2021-2022.

According to Mangeni, they want the department to come up with a proposal that will be tabled to the district council for approval.

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