The Ministry of Education and Sports Constructed the block in 2013 to decongest the highly populated Muslim founded school. However, a report by the school headteacher to the newly appointed Board of Governors, saying that the city council authorities have since condemned the block.
Mbale city council
authorities have condemned the Shillings 3.5billion World Bank-funded classroom
block at Nkoma Secondary School. According to the school management, the city
authorities condemned the building after developing huge cracks exposing the
learners to danger.
The Ministry of Education and Sports Constructed the block in 2013 to decongest
the highly populated Muslim founded school. However, a report by the school
headteacher to the newly appointed Board of Governors, saying that the city
council authorities have since condemned the block.
The school headteacher
Yaqoub Mwesigwa told the board that the storied buildings were funded by World Bank in 2013-2015 and constructed
by Build Base Contractor. They comprise 30 classes with a library, on four blocks; A, B, C and D.
“Two of these blocks,
C and D developed serious cracks, which made the outgoing BOG seek advice
from the Ministry and Mbale Municipal Engineer. Block C is the most affected
and was recommended for closing until further assessments and recommendations are
done by experts,” reads the report.
Haji Abasa Samaali, the then Nkoma SS Board Chairperson, says that Engineers
from the Education Ministry supervised the technical works, saying their role
only stopped at identifying the site of the building, provide security for the
materials, water and electricity to the contractor.
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Haji Masa Musa, the former Industrial Division LC III chairperson and former
member of the School Management Committee, says that the school tender board
only handled the process as a formality because orders came from the ministry
about the contractor.
He says that the
contractors were never cooperative with the school management committee and did
not accept any kind of advice. According to Masa Musa, they sent several
reports to MOES about the condemned buildings but to their surprise, the contractor received pull pay from the Ministry.
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Dr Muhammad Nabalegwa, the new board chairperson told URN in a phone interview
that the buildings developed the structural problems even before they were
handed over. He said attributed the problems to poor workmanship and lack
of strict supervision from the ministry since they sidelined the people on
ground like the Board of Governors.
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The school head
teacher, Yakubu Mwesigwa told our reporter that when the structure was
condemned, the school management hurried to construct new classrooms blocks
from the local revenue to solve the problem of congestion. He said that they
are now waiting for the Ministry to decide the fate of the condemned building.
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Education officials at Mbale City council declined to comment on the project,
saying they were never involved in its implementation until when the school
reported that the building has developed cracks. A source at the council said
the Engineering department condemned Block C, which was in a dire state.
officer notes that the school management told them during the inspection that
engineers of the project were never cooperative and even told the headteacher
to keep off or else he would get problems, saying that they were not answerable
to the school but rather MOES, which awarded them the contract. Efforts to get
a comment from MOES was futile.
Spokesperson, Patrick Muhinda told this reporter that he did not have
information on hand because of the many changes at the ministry including the
Permanent Secretary. He referred our reporter to the Commissioner Secondary
Education, Sam Kuloba who by the time of filing this story, said that he was in
a meeting at the statehouse.