Mixed Reactions as Kaberamaido Schools Remain Closed

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Charles Bonny Makmot, the district education officer says 85 nursery, 84 primary, seven vocational and four secondary schools were closed about a week ago for flouting operation guidelines.

The closure of 180 private schools in Kaberamaido district have sparked bitter reactions from parents after their children failed to report for term three.
  
Charles Bonny Makmot, the district education officer says 85 nursery, 84 primary, seven vocational and four secondary schools were closed about a week ago for flouting operation guidelines and requirements.
  
Out of the 229 private schools in the district, only 49 were found to be meeting operating requirements and standards set by the Ministry of Education.
  
Makmot says in the affected schools learners were sleeping on the floor and some were situated along corridors within trading centres. He says some of the schools lacked toilet facilities.
  
About 644 vocational students, 2,858 learners in various secondary schools, 8,598 primary and 4,203 nursery pupils are said to be affected.
  
On Tuesday, Makmot confirmed to URN that the affected schools have remained closed and shall only reopen after satisfactorily fulfilling the requirements. He advised parents to consider relocating their children to nearby government schools.
  
But the decision to close the facilities has sparked mixed reactions among local residents with some protesting it saying it could affect performance of learners.
  
Moses Elyano, the chairperson of school management committee at Canaan Nursery and Primary schools, a private school in Kaberamaido town council, wants the schools to be given time to meet the requirements.
  
Anna Grace Atim, a resident of Majengo B village, Kaberamaido town council says the affected schools should have been warned before closure. Atim says several government schools in the area are even operating in worse structures than the ones of private schools.
  
Atim says the most affected children are those waiting to sit for Primary Leaving Examinations, Uganda Certificate of Education and Uganda Business and Technical Examinations.
  
Sarah Akello, a resident of Aperkira Sub County backed the decision but noted that it will affect learners' performance in the final examinations. She urged both the officials and proprietors to expedite the process of reopening the schools to enable learners resume studies.
  
Moses Otim, the proprietor of Christian Foundation primary and Nursery School in Kabulubulu Sub County described the decision as unjust to their businesses since they were never warned.
  
Kaunda Owaju, the proprietor of Kagaa Christian SS in Ochero Sub County condemned the decision and vowed to challenge it in court.
  
Kaberamaido district has a total of 103 primary and secondary government aided schools.