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Parents Protest Closure of Community School

He says parents wouldn\'t have reacted the way they did, but the problem is that the nearest school is seven kilometers away.
Parents of Biyo Primary School in Adjumani have taken to streets to protest the closure of the school by the district education department. The school was closed on Friday last week after six of the seven teachers on the government pay roll were transferred without replacement by Adjumani District Education. Biyo Primary School has been serving children from five villages including Marindi, Leiya, Dzaipi Central, Maeaciku and Jurumin East.  The abrupt closure of the 11-year-old community school has drawn angry reactions from residents.

On Wednesday, parents took to the streets to protest the closure of the school and demand that the authorities reopen it immediately. Michael Karode, the Parents Teachers Association chairperson says the closure of school has impacted negatively on learners especially this time when admission in other schools has closed. Karode told URN on Wednesday that as parents they would not leave the school compound until the district replaces the transferred teachers or the demonstration will extend up to the district headquarters.

 

Phillip Tabu, the head teacher of the closed school says faults the decision by the education department, adding that the school has more than 300 pupils from primary one to primary seven. He says parents wouldn’t have reacted the way they did, but the problem is that the nearest school isseven kilometers away. Mark Ambayo, the Adjumani district Education Officer says that they acted on the directive from the chief administrative officer. He says that they received a letter from the CAO instructing them to closure the school in grounds that teachers hired by government are not allowed to work in community schools. Efforts by URN to get a comment from the CAO were futile as he was reportedly still locked up in a meeting with the DPC and education officials over the demonstration.

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