Mbarara district authorities are concerned about how Bukiro Seed Secondary school in Bukiro Sub County will operate without a headteacher and teachers.
The authorities say that the Ministry of Education and Sports directed them to commission the school and open its doors to students on Monday next week as government reopens schools following the prolonged closure triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
Edward Kasagara, the Mbarara Chief Administrative Officer, says that they are currently liaising with other schools to provide teachers and a headteacher to assist open Bukiiro Seed School as they wait for the formal posting of teachers.
He says that they advertised the vacant positions in newspapers last year but the interviews have been delayed yet they are under pressure to open the school.
Didas Tabaro, the Mbarara District LC V Chairperson, says that commissioners in the Ministry of education tasked them to source teachers from other schools to kickstart the operations of Bukiro Seed School as the Education Service commission recruits teachers.
He says that they are announcing the opening of the school on every platform they get including in churches. Gabriel Ahimibisibwe, the Mbarara District Education Officer, says that the delay to recruit and post teachers to Bukiiro Seed School was due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic that locked out the Education service commission.
He says they want to seek authorization from the ministry to recruit locally some staff before the official commissioning scheduled for January 13th, 2022.
Bukiiro Seed school was built under the UGFIT Project of World Bank that started in the financial year of 2019/2020 and cost the government Shillings 2 billion.
The project that was expected to be ready for use in July last year was delayed by the lockdown that kept schools closed.