BY ALEX BALUKU
The government of Uganda has started constructing a Seed Secondary School in Bwesumbu sub-county, Busongora County North in Kasese district at a tune of shillings 3.6 billion.
Once completed, the school will relieve the learners from studying in temporarily made structures belonging to a Village Savings and Credit Group and under the coffee plantation at Kawathanu Trading Centre.
Other students have been moving a distance of more than 15 kilometres looking for educational services at other secondary schools in the constituency.
During the ground breaking of the project yesterday, Mr. Ndereya Bwambale described the project as a huge relief. According to him, the learners who were studying under the coffee plantation would be sent home whenever it could threaten to rain.
He explained that the school has been operating without latrines and staff accommodation among other facilities, adding that they were yarning for a helping hand from government.
The District Engineer, David Rujumba said the new structures to be constructed by government at the institution would include two classroom blocks, two units of a science laboratory block, an administration block, two units of a teachers’ house and kitchen, stance lined VIP block for administration and an ICT laboratory among others.
Addressing the locals at Kawathanu Trading Centre yesterday during the ground breaking ceremony, the Kasese District Chairperson, Mr. Eliphaz Muhindi Bukombi explained that education policy mandates every sub-county to have a government grant aided secondary school.
He immediately challenged the community in Bwesumbu sub-county to desist from mismanaging the facility once it is completed.
Muhindi also warned the contractor against shoddy works, arguing that the act might lead to termination of the contract. He called for cooperation among the locals, leaders and the contractor, asking the construction company to consider employing the residents in the area.
In his remarks, Hon. Sowedi Kitanywa, the Member of Parliament for Busongora County North hailed President Museveni for extending such a project in Bwesumbu sub-county. According to him, the school will help many people to access educational services in the area.
Engineer Hillary Bakama, the Executive Director of Karobwa Engineering Services Limited assured the district leaders and local population to do quality work He pledged to complete the work within the stipulated period according to the terms and conditions of the contract.