Rukungiri RDC launches construction of Ugx. 94M two-classrooms block in Nyakishenyi, threatens to squeeze teachers over absenteeism   


The Rukungiri Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Nsubuga Bewayo Stephen has cautioned teachers and learners against absenteeism if to improve academic performances especially in government aided schools.

RDC Nsubuga made the call yesterday Thursday while launching the construction of a two classroom block at Omurutooma Primary School in Kahooko Parish, Nyakishenyi Sub County Rukungiri district.

Speaking during the launch, RDC Bewayo revealed that absenteeism by both teachers and learners is one of the causes of poor academic performance of schools, especially those which are government aided in the district.

Current status of building structures at Omurutooma Primary School in Nyakishenyi Sub County

He cited the case of Omurutooma Primary School, where the building of classrooms was initiated but was surprised after finding out that most of most of P.4–P. 6 pupils were not present in the school.

When the head teacher was questioned by the RDC, he said that the pupils may have departed home after finishing their examinations.

The head teacher was subsequently held accountable by RDC Bewayo for his lack of seriousness and her inability to enforce the school’s norms and regulations, which prohibit pupils from attending class whenever they like.

Nonetheless, he urged the people of Nyakishenyi and the broader Rukungiri district to support the NRM government, saying that it is prepared to provide additional programs that would benefit the general public.

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Mr. Geofrey Kyomukama, the LC5 chairperson for Rukungiri district, stated that the purpose of implementing these structures is to raise the educational standards in Nyakishenyi Sub County.

Kyomukama asked parents and teachers to double their effort in a bid to raise their children’s performance.

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Rukungiri district secretary for education, Mrs. Musimenta Cledonia Bakironda, explained that the district is presently focusing on underprivileged schools and pushing parents, students, and school administrators to collaborate and make use of the donated structures in order to achieve academic success.

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Ainebyoona Brian Bantu, the LC5 councilor representing Nyakishenyi Sub County at the district said that learners and teachers at Omurutooma Primary School have been struggling, particularly during the rainy season as the current structures are poor state, making it difficult to study while it is raining.

Hon. Bantu said that they appreciate the government’s consideration of their plight as this will improve the academic performance of learners.

The building of two classrooms and provision of sitting desks are all part of the scope of work, according to Rukungiri district civil engineer Karuhanga Nicholous. The work will be completed in six months by Kyondo Traders Limited.

Barigye Bruce the director of Kyondo Traders Limited promised that they would complete the construction of a superior structure within the allotted period.

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