Kabarole Community Schools Operating Under Appalling Conditions

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In short
However, the communities have failed to manage the schools leading to their deterioration and poor educational standards.

Community schools in Kabarole district are grappling to operate under appalling conditions. They were built by Churches and handed over to the community to manage. However, the communities have failed to manage the schools leading to their deterioration and poor educational standards. The classrooms are appalling, pupils sit on the floor, teachers are not qualified and there are toilets at the community schools.

Nyaruhanga Primary School in Kasenda Sub County has 390 pupils. The pupils attend classes in mud and wattle classrooms. The school also lacks a latrine and has inadequate text books for pupils. The headmaster is a senior five drop out, while the seven teachers at the school are all senior three school dropouts.


Adolf Rutahweire, the head teacher Nyaruhanga Primary school says that the Catholic Church handed over the school to the community two years ago and saying it is currently being supported by parents who pay some fees. He says that each pupil pays 25,000shs which is used to pay the salary of teachers. Rutahweire says that each class has only one text book, which is shared by the pupils and teachers.

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Rutara Primary school in Kiko town council has 278 pupils, who are divided into the morning and afternoon shifts, because of lack of enough classrooms. Saul Ruhweza, the head teacher says that the school depends on assistance from residents.
Ruhweza says that the school latrine collapsed three months ago and both the pupils and teachers use the bush to ease themselves because they lack funds to construct another latrine.

Ruhweza says that he is contemplating closing the school because of the poor sanitary conditions. Ruhweza says that has he written to the district education department requesting that the school be taken over by the government but his request has been turned down several times. Christine Byenkya, a resident says that parents in the area have no other school to take their children despite the low educational standard in the community school.

She says that in the past, children were walking long distances to attend school. She wants government to support the school by including them under the Universal Primary Education (UPE) programme. Patrick Rwakaikara, the Kabarole district education officer says that he has compiled a list of community schools which need funding from government that he will send to the Ministry of Education and Sports.

Rwakaikara however says that some of the community schools have not met the criteria required to be taken over by the government. He states that some of the criteria include a school should have more than five acres of land, permanent structures and qualified teachers. Patrick Rwakaikara, the Kabarole district education officer says that he has compiled a list of community schools which need funding from the government and it will soon be given to the Ministry of Education and Sports.

Rwakaikara however says that some of the community schools have not met the criteria required to be taken over by the government. He states that some of the criteria include a school should have more than five acres of land, permanent structures and qualified teachers.

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.