Students Struggle to Access Secondary Education in Njeru Municipality

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The municipal secretary for health and education Flavia Musubika says that the distance covered by students is discouraging a number of them from studies. She notes that walking does not only impact on students’ lives physically but also psychologically.

Students in Wakisi Division, Njeru Municipality are walking long distances to access secondary school education.


Although the government proposed to construct a secondary school in every sub-county, students in Wakisi walk 11 kilometres to Namwizi Umea secondary school.

The most affected parishes include Kalagala, Kkonko, Malindi and Nakalanga.

The municipal secretary for health and education Flavia Musubika says that the distance covered by students is discouraging a number of them from studies. 


She notes that walking does not only impact on students' lives physically but also psychologically. She says that the government should construct a seed secondary school in the area.


Yasin Kyazze the municipal town mayor says that the funds for the construction of a school were disbursed, but they are still looking for land in the division.


Abdul Mbyemire the head teacher of Namwizi Umea says walking long distances disorganizes many students' performance. He adds that students less concentrate in class after they are exhausted due to the long distance. 


"Sometimes they get late and missing important parts of the lessons. The situation becomes worse during rainy seasons especially when students from Wakisi register the most cases of absenteeism" Mbyemire reveals.


One of the students Joan Namata from Kalagala ward says she gets exhausted every day walking to and from school.

Prossy Ndibasa a resident at Konko says lack of secondary school strengthens the parents' attitude towards education. She says that some parents consider education as being less important.

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Suleiman Kaweesi says distance has forced many students drop out from school and resort to working in sugar cane plantations and collecting firewood to earn income.


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Halima Namata, the Wakisisi Vice Chairperson says that the division needs need more than one government secondary school given its complex.

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Mentioned: Njeru Municipality