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Thieves, Vandals Raid Closed Schools in Ntoroko

William Kasoro the district chairperson Ntoroko district says he has continued to receive reports of the ongoing vandalism of public assets by unknown thugs across the district.
some of the vandalised solar panel stands at Karugutu secondary school.

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Ntoroko District leaders are concerned about the vandalism of schools by unknown people.

When the government closed schools last year as a preventive measure to stop the community transmission of COVID-19, the thieves and vandals have utilized that period to steal and vandalize school property.

The leaders have received several reports indicating loss of properties and invasion of school premises by vandals. Some classrooms in the district don't have doors giving easy access to the thugs.

Last week, three solar panel systems belonging to Karugutu Secondary School in Karugutu town council were stolen by unknown people. The water harvesting tanks installed at the school were also vandalized and could plunge the schools into a water crisis then they reopen.

Raphael Mate, the Karugutu Town Council Chairperson says that theft and vandalism have been rampant during the lockdown period. He says that the criminals take advantage of the absence of learners and school authorities to steal and vandalize properties.

He adds that it's unfortunate that some classrooms in the area don't have doors giving easy access to thugs.

David Akor the Kanara Town Council Chairperson says that the water stands, solar panels and public address system of Ntoroko Primary School were stolen by unknown people.

Akor says they have reported several cases to the police, but nothing has been done to apprehend the suspects.

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William Kasoro, the LCV Chairperson Ntoroko says that he has continued to receive reports vandalism of public assets by unknown thugs across the district. He says that the status of most schools in the district is appealing, which might affect their re-opening next year.

According to Kasoro, most schools cannot afford to erect perimeter fences or hire security guards to prevent criminals from invading the schools.

Kasoro appeals to headteachers and the local community to sacrifice some time and make on spot checks on their school premises.

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Kasoro wants the Ministry of Education to intervene and support schools to acquire chain link fences.

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Vincent Twesigye, the Ruwenzori West Police Spokesperson says no case of vandalism has been reported to the police.