Parents Protest Closure of Community School

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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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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.