We are stuck: UPE school cries out over unfinished building

Unfinished building at Katonya primary school

Bushenyi–A universal Education Primary school is struggling to complete a three classroom block.

Started in the 1960’s, Katonya primary school is located hardly 10 kilometers away from Bushenyi district headquarters in Bumbaire sub county in the proximity of the home of Hon Amanya Mushega, the first secretary General of the current East African Community  who is also the former Education Minister and Igara East Member of parliament.

With only two buildings at the school including a dilapidated one which was constructed in the 1960’s, the poor man’s school is grappling with lack of befitting and sufficient classrooms to enable unhampered learning.

And as a consequence, some classes are conducted outside classrooms and to say the least, in the neighboring Rutooma church of Uganda.

To avert the challenge of lack of enough facilities, school management teamed up with well-wishers to build a three classroom block.

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These efforts culminated into a fundraising which happened in August 2018 from which over Uganda Shillings 8 Million was collected in cash and pledges, and the construction works started immediately but have been halted after the cash vaults dried up at the roofing phase.

While speaking to our correspondent, Mr. Aaron Bamuhaira, the chairman of the school management committee said, “The money we had is used up and our hands are currently tied yet it is our overriding desire to have this building completed so that our children can have a proper studying and learning environment”.

“We require about Ugx 4 million shillings to roof the building and I want to appeal to stakeholders, well-wishers including government to help us so that work is completed.”

Robert Tabaro, a prominent old student of the school who participated in the fundraiser is worried about the October rains that may put the incomplete structure at the peril of collapsing.

“In October and November up to December, it rains heavily and the building may fall. I request old students and all other people to help us not forgetting our area Member of Parliament, Hon Michael Mawanda and Mary Karooro the District woman MP.”

He added that it’s only through education that sustainable development can be achieved.



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