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BUKEDEA: Pupils Abandon Gov’t Aided P/S over Condemned Structures

By George Emuron

 

BUKEDEA

 

Pupils in Tajar Primary School in Bukedea District have abandoned their school due to the poor state of the school structures.

Tajar pupils learning under the tree Photo By George Emuron

The school structures are dilapidated and were condemned from use for over ten years ago.

 

Classroom lessons are forced to be undertaken under trees.

Mr. Pascal Akope, the Tajar primary school head teacher says out of the 329 pupils registered at school, only eighteen pupils were present at school when this reporter visited on Tuesday, 4th June 2024,

 

He said those who endure to appear at school conduct lessons under trees.

“We carry our classes under the trees and when it rains, we chase away learners to run to their homes,” said Mr. Akope.

 

Mr. Stephen Mayende, the chairman school management committee of Tajar primary school said that the other fact fueling absenteeism is the existence of barriers from water canals created by Acomai Irrigation scheme constructors.

He said despite the poor state of the school, the school lacks accommodation for teachers.

 

“Learners cannot cross the canals because of the heavy water so some of the parents decided to hold their children at home,” said Mr. Mayende.

Mr. Jackson Ojekede, the Kamutur LCIII chairman said Tajar primary school is one of the government aided primary schools in the district.

 

He said over years, reports have been submitted to the district concerning the poor state of the school but no response has been received to date.

 

“As a sub county, we try our best to mobilize learners but the school structures demoralize pupils,” said Mr. Ojekede.

Mr. Stephen Okurut, the Bukedea District Education Officer said Tajar Primary School is afflicted by numerous weather changes.

 

He said the abandoned structures were dilapidated and learners should not risk using them.

 

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