February 19, 2014

Four Schools Closed In Kibaale

Kibaale district education in collaboration with the education and sports ministry have has closed four schools for operating below the minimum standards. 

Nyakika-Primary-School
Nyakika-Primary-School

They are United Academy secondary school; St John integrated Nursery and primary school, Parental care nursery and primary school and Loyal academy primary school.

The affected schools were closed on Tuesday on the orders of Semanda Apuuli the senior inspector of schools under the Directorate of Education standards in the Ministry of education and sports.

It follows an ongoing operation that commencement at the opening of the first term to crack down on schools operating without authorization.

According to Ssemanda, the affected schools were found operating in shoddy classrooms, which puts the lives of pupils at risk. He says the schools were also found using unqualified teachers, some of whom he said couldn’t even speak English.

He said at United secondary school, many orphaned students were promised bursaries in vain. Ssemanda said the student’s hostels lack latrines and sanitary facilities.

Semanda observed that of some schools have been operating for nearly three years without registering and licensing by the Education ministry.

He says the schools will remain closed until next term when the owners have put in place all the basic requirements. He says the proprietors who defy the directive will face prosecution.

He says the operations will continue until sanity is brought in schools for the betterment of pupils. Peter Twesige, the director United academy secondary school In Kakumiro Town council says the operation caught him unaware.

He however admits that his school has been operating illegally. Twesigye said he was sends his students home as he prepares to put in place the basic requirements. He said the closure of the closure is going to affect parents who had already paid tuition for their children.

Gerad Mugume, a parent at the school says the director assured them that everything is okay but that the school has been closed. He wants the director to refund the money he paid for his child to allow him to transfer him to another school.

John Kyabona, the Kibaale District Education officer says they will not favor any school during the operations.

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