Security laxity is exposing schools in Bukomansimbi district to
vandalism and theft.
The latest school to suffer vandalism is St Andrew’s Kayanja,
which is located in Kitanda Sub County. Thieves broke into the classrooms and
stole desks, textbooks, and other valuables.
Yudaya Nabaliisa, the school’s deputy headteacher says the thieves
also went away with several doors and windows shutters from the classrooms, and
left other properties vandalized.
She explains that they cannot afford to hire guards to provide
security to the school which has made it so susceptible to break-ins and theft.
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Moses Ssenfuka another teacher from Kitanda Secondary School
indicates they were hiring night watchmen from the money which they collected
from the students, which became unsustainable in the long covid-19 induced
closure of schools.
According to Ssenfuka, the thieves are taking advantage of the
night hours to raid the schools without being noticed by the public. He says
they have resolved to reach out to the police to help them with personnel that
can patrol the schools.
Ssenfuka says that many of these schools are currently deserted
after the teachers that used to stay around also returned to their respective
homes to look for survival during the lockdown.
But Joseph Kamuli, the Kitanda Sub County Chairperson says that
they are considering conducting an operation to recover the stolen properties
as well as pursuing the suspects, who he says could be within the local
Kamuli has, however, called up the Ministry of Education and
Sports to allow the Headteacher to spend the School capitation Grant on hiring
security personnel that can secure the schools and their properties from vandalism
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Patrick Zziwa, the Bukomansimbi District Education Officer says
they have taken note of the problem but calls upon the headteachers in the area
to improvise security measures that can keep their schools safe, as the
district works out a permanent solution to the challenge.
He has also asked community leaders and parents to directly take charge
of the schools in the area and ensure that they remain safe and habitable to
learners ahead of the planned reopening.