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Makeshift Classrooms Raise Concerns in Serere and Katakwi Districts

Makeshift Classrooms Raise Concerns in Serere and Katakwi Districts
Makeshift Classrooms Raise Concerns in Serere and Katakwi Districts
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Rain Disruptions for Pupils Learning in Temporary Structures

Residents in Serere and Katakwi districts have expressed their worries about children’s education being affected by the rainy season. Several schools in the area are conducting classes in makeshift classrooms.

In Omodoi Sub-county, Katakwi, and Ocaapa Town Council, Serere, some schools, including Atiira Community Primary School and Kangodo Primary School, have resorted to using temporary classrooms. There have been instances where lessons had to be canceled due to impending rain, causing inconvenience for the students.

Kangodo Community Primary School has been using makeshift structures for Primary One to Primary Three students for a few years now, with some classes even being held under trees. The school faces multiple challenges, including inadequate staff houses and a shortage of desks. The headteacher, Mr. Edward Acila, mentioned that the school, which has 489 students, urgently requires modern classroom buildings, pit latrines, staff houses, and government intervention.

In response to the staffing issues, Mr. Joseph Ojoo, the sports officer at Serere District local government, stated that the education department plans to send additional teachers to Kangodo Community Primary School while also engaging with the government to address staffing concerns.

The parents’ teachers association (PTA) member, Mr. Martin Ekuma, called for government intervention, emphasizing that the community-run school has managed to achieve good results in primary leaving examinations despite its challenging conditions.

In Atiira Community Primary School, Omodoi Sub-county, Katakwi District, students face a similar situation with a shortage of desks. Unlike Kangodo Community Primary School, where teachers are government-paid, Atiira relies on volunteer teachers who are compensated by parents. Mr. John Opio, one of the volunteer teachers, highlighted the difficulties faced by the school, including a lack of funds and adequate classrooms.

Ms. Jennifer Iloot, another volunteer teacher, echoed these concerns, emphasizing that the school’s situation becomes even more challenging when parents fail to pay fees. She noted that some Primary One pupils have to study under a shea nut tree.

Despite being a community-run school, district officials and leaders have visited Atiira Community Primary School to provide encouragement, with promises of eventual government takeover and the construction of modern facilities. The hope remains that, with time, the school’s conditions will improve.