Forty-two-42 government-aided and private primary schools in Busia district have received exercise books and pens for free distribution to P.7 candidates as schools reopen on Monday.
The Samia Bugwe South Member of Parliament, Godfrey Were Odero procured the books and pens valued at Shillings 80million. Some of the beneficiaries are Bukwekwe, Majanji, Busyabala, Lunyo, Nagabita, Sibiyirise and Busime primary schools.
Each candidate will receive four-4 A5 exercise books once they report back on the first day at their respective schools on January, 10th, 2022. Hillary Wandera Obombo and Wilson Masiga Pamba, both resident of Lumino Sub-county says that they are impressed with the donation, which has boosted their courage.
According to the duo, several parents have been struggling after losing their businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They say the donation will also encourage their children to focus studies.
Paul Bwire Wafula, a parent of two-2 P.7 candidates at Bukwekwe primary school, says that he had not yet bought for his children due to financial constraints. He says that the donation couldn’t have come at a better time.
Rose Nankya, the headteacher Budimo primary school, says that the support for candidates will attract learners to report back to school in time.
Alex Ogalo, the headteacher of Busyabala primary school says that in previous years learners especially those in candidate classes could delay reporting back to school due to the failure by parents to avail them of scholastic materials. He says that this would contribute to poor performance since learners could miss some lessons.
Stephen Mugeni Wasike, the Busia District LC V chairperson, says that the district has already distributed personal protective equipment to schools for use as they reopen. He has appealed to parents to take back their children to school immediately.
Godfrey Were Odero, the Samia Bugwe South member of parliament, says that the donation is intended to improve the performance of learners and ensure they report back to school in time.
He says that is he disappointed with the poor performance of learners in primary schools, adding that schools that used to perform well in previous years have continued posting poor grades.