The newly constructed government Seed Secondary School in Masaka District is struggling to attract students.
The 2.21 Billion Shillings school was constructed at Bunaddu Village, Bukakata sub-county in Masaka district, and started operating on Monday. The school had earlier failed to open last month due to lack of teachers and furniture.
Emmanuel Kasule, the School Headteacher says that they have already started offering lessons to the 34 available learners to enable them to catch up with the lost time. Kasule says that they are surprised that the student turn-up is low yet it is the only secondary school in operating the three parishes of Kaziru, Lambu, and Kachanga.
He says they have asked the students that have reported to continue encouraging other school-going children who are still at home to return to school.
Kasule is concerned that many parents where the school is located are still reluctant to send their children to school. He is however positive that the improved facilities will attract many other children who are still at home.
Peace Nanyondo, the Speaker for Bukakata Sub County Council blames the poor students’ turn-up to delayed opening of the school. She says that leaders in the sub-county will mobilize parents to register their children.
Aloysius Jjuuko, the Bukakata Sub County Chairperson says that have started making public announcements calling for children who are still at home, to increase the students’ population at the seed school.
He explains that besides children who returned to fishing after the delayed opening of the school, some parents had enrolled their children in other schools outside the sub-county.
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