Kasese: Despite the government’s effort to provide universal primary education, several factors still affect access and equitable learning in Kasese district.
Founded in 1962, as Kateyamba School currently known as Karusandara SDA primary, the community members regret its existence despite being a Government Aided.
The school built on the Seventh-Day Adventists foundation, the difference between its first name “Kateyamba” and the current situation cannot be separated as pupils at this school share a dilapidated latrine with staff and studying under tumbledown structures.
Learners and teachers at Karusandara SDA primary schools are worried of what the next term situation will look like.
Rapheal Kihangala, Chairman PTA, however attributes the situation to parent’s failure to support and lack of love for their school.
“When the school is built, it’s built by Parents, Children and Government. Though government has many schools, it has given us teachers, books but the biggest challenge is parent’s ignorance and attitudes towards free education thus not taking their responsibilities”. Kihangala narrates.
Jamila Kisandu, a head teacher at this school says in her three terms of office, her story is not different from the management opinions. She apportions the blame to parent’s not being compassionate and their ideology towards UPE schools.
Karusandara SDA Primary School, is one of the six government aided schools in Karusandara Sub County with an enrollment of 326 both male and female.
Ernest Bwambale Tabugha, the inspector of schools says the scenario is entirely in the district primary schools where many lack adequate facilities. He adds that the worse affected are those in the hard-to-reach areas.
Tabugha attributes the challenges to the government lowering down the school facilities grant and inadequate budgeting.
While the district has put interventions, many challenges remain. The district has 260 government aided primary schools. End