The Bishop of Soroti Diocese, Rt. Rev. Kosea Odongo has
joined the campaign
to save Atakia Primary School, one of
the oldest primary schools in Amuria District. The dilapidated
structures of Atakia Primary School drew the
attention of Bishop Odongo.
Local authorities in
the area say the school started in 1911. The prelate who was conducting confirmation
service in Amuria Archdeaconry got concerned when he saw the community baking
bricks for the construction of the school.
He was taken aback to learn that the Ministry of Education and Sports is yet to
code Atakia Primary School, which has been running as a community school for more
than a century. Bishop Odongo offered 100 bags of cement in
addition to Shillings one million
towards the construction
of permanent structures for the
He said that the contribution was to set a pace for the government to step in and take up responsibility
for the construction and development of the school. Information obtained from the community indicates that Atakia has
produced several children including some retired civil servants.
Charles Asubu, 54, is a primary school teacher who studied at Atakia Primary School in the 1970s. He says that the condition of the school then forced him to transfer to Wera Primary School where he completed his primary school cycle.
Asubu, who doubles as a lay reader in one of
the Anglican Churches in Amuria Archdeaconry, says that the school has only survived for
very long because of the committed community members.
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Peter Omoding, the Headteacher of Atakia Primary
School, says that they
have written several reminders to the district to have the school coded in
vain. He explains that before 2011, the school had almost collapsed but it took
the intervention of the community to revive it.
According to Omoding, the school had eleven
candidates who sat for Primary leaving Examinations where the best pupil scored
14 aggregates. He adds that by the time government closed schools due to the outbreak of the COVID-19
pandemic, Atakia had an enrolment of 347 pupils.
Omoding told our reporter that the school
management has tasked each of the six villages located within the proximity of
the school to bake at least 10,000 bricks to facilitate the construction of permanent structures in the
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Kelen Acom, the Amuria District Education Officer, and Moses Emabu, the District Chairperson neither picked nor replied to text messages sent to their known
Orit, the Chairperson of Uganda
National Teachers’ Union Amuria branch, says that
whereas there are other schools like Acomai and Achen Rhoda primary schools that are not coded, the district has put up some
structures there including permanent classroom blocks.
He wonders why the same initiative was never given to Atakia, which serves more than six villages in Abia Sub County.