KABALE – The Kabale District Council has taken a significant stride towards enhancing the educational facilities at Murungu Primary School in Murungu village, Musamba Parish, Rubaya sub-county in Ndorwa West of Kabale District in the upcoming financial year.
This unanimous resolution was reached during the council session convened on September 19, 2023, at the Rukiiko Hall in Kabale district headquarters. The decision represents a concerted effort to address the critical issue of inadequate infrastructure plaguing this government-aided primary school, where, remarkably, the sole permanent structure stood as a solitary toilet.
According to the District Education Officer, Moses Tumwijukye Bwengye, Murungu Primary School currently enrolls a total of 235 pupils.
Notably, the school lacks a single permanent structure, underscoring the urgency of addressing its infrastructural deficiencies. Tumwijukye says that the school, established by the community in 1999, Provides education to learners from primary one to primary six.
Hon. Twijukye Kenneth, the district councilor representing Rubaya sub-county, articulated his profound concern over the dire circumstances. He emphasized the sheer absurdity of a government-aided primary school having only one permanent structure, which happened to be a restroom.
Twijukye astutely pointed out that all the classrooms at the school were temporary, leading to significant disruptions in teaching whenever rain descended upon the area.
For an extended period, the council had been heedless of their appeals, citing the school’s enrollment of fewer than 250 pupils. Twijukye questioned how pupil enrollment could possibly increase when the school’s infrastructure remained in such a lamentable state.
He also castigated the area member of parliament, Hon. David Bahati, who concurrently serves as the state minister for trade and industries, for persistently disregarding their pleas and offering empty assurances.
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Hon. Gilbert Niwanganyira, the district councilor for Butanda sub-county, also shared his perspective on this critical issue during an interview with our reporter. He underscored the distinctive plight of Murungu Primary School, which resorted to makeshift structures constructed from mud and papier-mâché. These fragile structures not only allowed for an unobstructed view of students inside the classrooms through gaps and holes in the walls but also posed a grave safety risk.
Niwanganyira emphasized the pressing need for immediate attention from the Ministry of Education and Sports, as the safety and well-being of the students were gravely compromised due to the deplorable condition of these makeshift classrooms.
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The decision to construct a four-classroom block stands as a positive stride toward providing a safer and more conducive learning environment for the students of Murungu Primary School.
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