Lira School Shut Down for Flouting Guidelines

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Manshur Suwed, the Central North regional police spokesperson, said the boys' dormitory had been very poorly built and not fit for human habitation. The school had used wobbly wooden triple decker beds which put student lives at risk. The school was also using some of the dormitories as study areas during day time.

Kings Comprehensive College, a privately owned learning facility in Lira town has closed two days after the collapse of its students' dormitory.

The boys' dormitory housing about 80 vocational students collapsed over the weekend injuring three students. Located in Obangapewany village near Lumumba trading Centre, along Lira-Soroti highway, the School has been operational for a period of two years.


It was however closed on a directive from the Resident District Commissioner George Odongo upon his observation that the facility did not possess a license from the ministry of education.  It was also operating in appalling conditions, Odongo stated.


Manshur Suwed, the Central North regional police spokesperson, said the boys' dormitory had been very poorly built and not fit for human habitation. The school had used wobbly wooden triple decker beds which put student lives at risk. The school was also using some of the dormitories as study areas during day time.


At the time of the closure, the over 200 students were uncontrolled as the school authorities went into hiding after the incident, Odong adds.

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Meanwhile, Jaspher Abura, The Lira district deputy education officer says they are investigating the matter to establish circumstances under which the school came in to existence without being licensed.

Odongo wondered how such a school could be in operation for two years without anybody noticing.
 
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In July 2014, Lira Comprehensive Christian School, another private school was closed indefinitely by the Lira district security authority and education officials for operating without required facilities.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.

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