60 Primary Schools Without Latrines Closed

Access to pit latrines remains a challenge in many communities in Uganda

At least 60 government aided primary schools may not open for the third term if the government fails to build them with pit latrines and other sanitary facilities.

A staggering latrine facility of St. Immaculate Primary School in Bugoye Subcounty
A staggering latrine facility of St. Immaculate Primary School in Bugoye Subcounty

Reports from the district indicate that the schools have submitted their needs to the district education department and are appealing to the district to act before it is too late.

Though the education department has not officially released the list of the schools with poor sanitary facilities, Gimbo Primary School, Nabukalu Primary School, Mabombwe Primary schools are some of the schools with either single pit latrine shared by all pupils and teachers, or have almost none at all.

It is reported that in some schools, the latrines have sunk in due to a high water table, while others have their pit latrines filled and no new ones constructed.

Wakiso District Education Officer, Fredrick Kiyingi Kinobe has confirmed the plight of the schools.

Kinobe says his office has received over 60 requests from schools for the construction of pit latrines.

The DEO says he has already informed the district engineering department about the fate of the schools.

He says his office is also consulting with the district authorities, Non-Governmental Organisations operating in the district and Ministry of Education to construct pit latrines in the affected schools.

He says with the high water table, the government changed the requirements and now wants only Ventilated Improved Pit Latrines.

He says if the situation is not addressed, the affected schools may not open for the third term.

Kiyingi says though the challenge of getting cesspool emptier may pose a big challenge to many schools, particularly in rural areas, it is the only viable option to solve the problem of pit latrines sinking in many districts.

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