Busunju Town Council in Mityana District is operating from.Busunju Town Council leaders in Mityana District, have asked the government to construct buildings for the only secondary school in their area.
St. Philip Secondary School which has an enrollment of 400 students, was established by the Church of Uganda under Mityana Diocese but lacks structures. During an inspection by the leaders, they found students studying from a make-shift building partitioned by wood while the other learners are using the church building as a classroom and teachers are using the vestry as the office.
Some teachers who declined to be named told the leaders that due to lack of classrooms, some students are forced to study from under the tree.
Robert Muwonge, the Deputy Head Teacher says that the school was taken up by the government five years ago, but the teachers are not on the government payroll.
“Apart from the structures, we have no playground nor a library,” Muwonge added.
The leaders appealed to the authorities to urgently address the issues of St. Philip Secondary School considering the number of students.
Florence Birabwa, the Deputy Mayor of Busunju Town Council asked the government to intervene and help the Town Council to put up structures and save the children from trekking long distances to other schools.
“Many of parents opted to take the children to far schools due to the worrying state of buildings but they spend more, we have land but without structures. The girls are at risk due to the long journeys and we appeal to the government to come and help us get us structures,” she said.
Godfrey Sewaali, a parent at St. Philip Secondary School said that it was a good move to have a government school in the area but the process of developing it has been delayed which makes the learning environment unbearable for both students and some parents.
He says that parents are forced to take their children to far schools like in Wakiso. He also says that lessons are disrupted when it rains.
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