Low school coverage kills education zeal in Kikuube

Residents sit at the veranda of the mud and wattle building of Kabango community school in Kabwoya Sub-county, Kikuube District. (Photo: Gad Asaba).

The low level of school coverage in Kabwoya Sub-county, Kikuube District is killing the education fervor parents have demonstrated by taking their children to school.

According to the Ikoba Village Chairman, the few far-flung schools in the sub-county have not favoured especially learners who trek long distances for education services resulting in high level school dropout rate.  

Mr Bamwenda Bagirensi says such a brunt leaves primary school pupils walk as many as more than 4km to a nearby mud and wattle community school staffed with untrained teachers in Kabango village.

The state of affairs has long-drawn-out even to secondary school learners who trek more than 10km to the lone government aided Kabwoya secondary school in the sub-county.   

The politician tells Kazi-njema News that the prevailing unfavourable learning conditions including bad roads especially during wet seasons have not only led to poor learning but also dropping out of school.

On their way to school, girl children fall an easy prey to sexual harassment and abuse resulting in early pregnancies and dropping out of school, Mr Bagirensi continues.

The long distance, bad roads and early pregnancies see at least more than 40 learners discontinue their studies in the area every year; a scenario the chairman says is a matter that needs government urgent intervention.  

Mr Bagirensi says unless government constructs more primary and secondary schools with at least more than two educational establishments in the sub-county, the level of education will continue deteriorating in the area.

Prior to his transfer as Hoima deputy Resident City Commissioner, the then acting Kikuube Resident District Commissioner, Richard Tabaaro, urged all political leaders in the district to ensure that more schools were constructed to have more numbers of learned people there.

Audio: Tabaaro on schools (Runyankole/Rukiga)

Mr Tabaaro partly attributed the rampant land wrangles in the district to unlearned people who believe in selling off land for survival, urging parents to encourage their children to continue with education as the government planned to construct more and standard schools in Kikuube district.

Mr Daniel Muhairwe Mpamizo the outgoing area legislator acknowledged the educational challenges in the area adding that there is need for construction of more schools. He pledged to ask government to take over full control of Kabango community school for better services.

Kikuube district has only four government aided secondary schools including Kyangwali, Kiziranfumbi, Kabwoya and Bugambe far apart in tens of miles.

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