Education

A new group of students is threatening to overwhelm government schools.

Several government schools in the Luwero district are overcrowded as a result of the large number of students who returned after the COVID 19 lockdown was lifted. After a 22-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 epidemic, students resumed their studies on January 10th, 2022.

However, numerous schools are experiencing a shortage of classrooms and furniture as a result of the large number of students.

Luwero Boys Primary, St Augustine Primary School Wabitungulu, Wobulenzi Public Primary School, Luwero Girls Primary School, and Target Community College are among the schools affected.

According to Hajji Abdul Noor Lwanga, the Head Teacher of Target Community College in Wobulenzi town council, the school had 768 pupils previous to the shutdown, but now has 1011 students.

According to Lwanga, the number of students in each classroom has increased from fewer than 70 to more than 100. To solve the issue, he says they’ve developed streams to accommodate students, but they’re still dealing with a lack of classrooms and furnishings.

Betty Kitiibwa, a monitor in Target Community College’s Senior two class B, notes that due to the large number of students in the class, concentration is low.

According to Micheal Kintu, the Head Teacher of Wobulenzi Public Primary School, they are only supposed to accommodate 800 students per Standard Operating Procedures, yet they have nearly 2300.

Kintu reports that the school has 21 classes and has ran out of space for growth. He claims that they are working on a proposal to create a multi-story structure to handle the large number of students.

According to Daniel Ssajjabi, the Chairperson of the Luwero District Private Primary and Secondary Schools Association, numerous parents have decided to remove their children from private schools and enroll them in government schools owing to poverty, which explains the large number of students.

The Luwero District Secretary for Education, Daniel Kyaterekera, says they’ve witnessed an influx of students at government institutions and are expecting tents from the Ministry of Education to house them. However, Kyaterekera points out that the donation will only aid three elementary schools, leaving many others in need.

To alleviate the deficit of classrooms, he says the district will ensure that two classroom blocks are built in each of the five schools chosen in the coming fiscal year. The increase in the number of students, according to Rosemary Namayanja, Deputy Secretary-General of the ruling National Resistance Movement Party, is a godsend for the schools.

Schools, according to Namayanja, need to encourage parents to build more structures.

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