A section of residents and educationalists in Kigungu Parish, Entebbe have asked the government to construct a seed secondary school in the area.
Residents say the parish, with three villages, has only one public primary school but lacks a secondary school. The parish has five private primary schools and three private secondary schools.
Meddie Kaidali, a resident says that several learners have dropped out of school after Primary Seven due to lack of a school. He explains that the nearest school, Comprehensive Secondary School is located 12 kilometers away from the area.
According to Kaidali, learners who drop out opt for either fishing or business within Kigungu.
Henry Ssentongo, a resident of Mayanzi is concerned that many children drop out after primary seven because their parents cannot afford to send them to private secondary schools.
Meanwhile, John Kipoi and Rose Nankunda, both teachers at Kigungu Central Primary School agree that there is a need for a public secondary school in the parish.
Dan Fred Lutaaya, the Senior Assistant Town Clerk, Entebbe Municipal Council, and sector supervisor of education, health, community development, and enforcement says leaders have been lobbying the government for a school in the area for the last ten years.
Lutaaya is optimistic that under the Uganda Inter-Government Fiscal Transfer Programme, a secondary school will be constructed in the area. The program, funded by the World Bank aims at constructing a public secondary school in sub-counties that do not have any government aided secondary school.
Lutaaya says that the local leaders are in discussions with the Church of Uganda to partner by providing land in Kigungu for the seed secondary school.
Records from the Ministry of Education indicate that 615 sub-counties in the country do not have a public secondary school.