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COVID-19 EFFECTS: Residents Turn School Compound into Garbage Dumping Site

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By Steven Enatu

 

SOROTI

 

 

Authorities at Moruaperus primary school in Soroti City have raised a red flag over rotten and stinking garbage dumped in a heap inside the school compound by residents staying within the school locality.

 

 

This follows the removal of a garbage bin that was stationed near the school by Soroti city Authority two years ago.

 

Speaking to this reporter on Monday 22nd March 2021, the school head teacher, Charles Dickens said they have severally tried approaching the community to desist from the habit but in futility.

 

 

He said the habit is perpetuated by drunkards and street kids who are paid little money to transport garbage and end up dumping it at the school compound.

Poliano Marach Oketcho, one of the teachers at the school and doubles as the compound master, stressed that the vice is not about to end because even the area’s local leaders are not bothered.

 

 

He said the situation worsens over the weekend when pupils and teachers are not at school adding that sometimes the community turns hostile when they attempt to approach them.

 

 

Oketcho expressed his fear that if the phenomenon is not addressed by the authority at Soroti East Division, the school risks facing an outbreak of cholera and closure.

 

 

 

He also calls for intervention from the local leaders like the area councilors to sensitize residents about the dangers garbage puts their own children into.

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