The school which is located along the Yumbe-Koboko border currently operates without a pit latrine after the only 5-stanch pit latrine is out of use due to its dilapidated structure. The schools equally lack bathing shelters and change rooms for girls since due to shortage of classrooms.
Out of use 5-stanch pit latrine at Lamgba Primary school in Yumbe (Courtesy Photo)
Lamgba Primary School in Arilo sub-county, Yumbe district is
struggling to provide proper menstrual hygiene management due to lack of
The school which is located along the Yumbe-Koboko border
currently operates without a pit latrine. Its lone 5-stance pit latrine is
out of use and has been condemned. Yet still, the school does not have bathing
shelters and changing rooms for girls.
Night Rose Driciru, the Senior Woman Teacher of the school
explains that the appalling
sanitation situation in the school normally forces girls in their menstrual
periods to take baths in the nearby bush and wait until the clothes they had washed
get dry while others have since dropped out of the school.
“We always find it hard to help the girls who are in their
menstrual periods. There is no privacy at the school since sanitation
facilities are lacking. Our girls now take baths in the bush which exposes them
to greater risks like snake bites,” she said.
Samuel Enata, the deputy head teacher of the school says
that before the only pit latrine in the school was condemned, it was
shared by the boys, girls and the teachers. According to Enata, the
schools cannot build new latrines since their Universal Primary Education (UPE)
capitation grants are meagre.
“The issue of teachers sharing toilets with pupils is not
new. As a school we receive a UPE capitation grant of only two million shillings
which cannot build new latrines in the schools since it's expensive, " said Enata.
Meanwhile, Bashir Wani, a primary three pupil at the school
narrated that they are forced to run
back home to answer nature's call while some pupils defecate in the bush.
But Rasul Drajiga, the Yumbe senior Assistant Chief
Administrative officer blamed the delayed intervention of the district on the
late reporting of the matter by school authorities. He further notes that the
district has taken a position to construct a new latrine without any undue
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Lamgba Primary School which started operating in 1998 as a
community primary school was later grand aided by the government in 2004. The
school has an enrollment of 301 pupils according to records at the District