In picture St .Cyprian Seed School

Parents of St. Cyprian Seed School and leaders of  Wakiso-Mumyuka Sub County have appealed to authorities to reopen the school. It is alleged that the school opened for classes for 2 days before Wakiso Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Justine Mbabazi ordered it closed until the contractor completes the works as planned.

According to the parents, the RDC promised that the school would reopen in February but she changed her mind. Some of the parents say that they had registration fees and provided requirements but to their surprise, the RDC closed the school without notice.

Farouq Senabulya, a member of the interim school management committee, says that Mbabazi convened a meeting with the school head, area leaders and contractor and told them the works at the school were incomplete. 

He said that in the meeting, the RDC told them that the school buildings did not have gutters, some desks were missing and there was no electricity to run computers and laboratories. Senabulya said that the RDC tasked the contractor to explain why the building project was incomplete. 

Joyce Muyenje, one of the residents and parents, says that they have never received any information and have no one to ask why the school was closed. Muyenje says that the construction of the school in their area was seen as an opportunity for the residents to create means of earning and improving education in the area.

Charles Sentongo, the leader of parents at the school said that they mobilized parents to register their children for the opening of the school in January and enrolled more than 400 learners in Senior One alone. He says that they registered learners in two classes as they waited for further guidance from the responsible offices.

Sentongo says that the decision to later learners to stay home longer after the lockdown, affects them more, adding that parents are questioning why the school is still closed.  He appealed to the government to allow the school to commence operations, saying that the minimum requirements are in place.

The parents say that the closure of the newly constructed school would negatively impact their children who spent close to 2 years at home because of the lockdown to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alex Ssali, a councillor at Wakiso- Mumyuka Sub County said that although the condition at the school was not okay its closure angered the parents. He explains that about  600 learners were registered and started classes before the RDC stopped its operations until the contractor completes the work.

The contractor promised to hand over the school to the district on April 15 this year. Mbabazi told our reporter in a telephone interview that the school has never opened because the contractor has never handed over the project to the district.

She said that the State Minister for Lands, Sam Mayanja inspected the site and is the right person to comment on the matter. Mbabazi blamed the continued closure of the school on the delays by the contractor to complete the work.

Diana Rachael Nabirye, a site Engineer from Kaleeta Construction Limited explained that technically there is nothing that can stop students from attending school because the minimum requirements are in place. She said that the remaining items on the site are very few that can be handled while the learners are in class and that the laboratory was fixed and everything installed.

The Area LC V Councilor, Moses Kaddu Kasule commended the government for the funding for the school construction but complained about the slow works. He said that the construction works started in 2019 soon after the former Archbishop of Kampala, the late Cyprian Kizito Lwanga came to hand over the land for construction. 

According to Kasule, the contractor has done the work slowly and that the building which is supposed to be storeyed is done differently.

Wakiso District LC V Chairperson, Matia Lwanga Bwanika, said that some people he didn’t mention pretend to be acting in the interest of President Museveni when actually they are failing him. He said that their role in leadership is to ensure that the electorates access the required services but some people are after showing off their might.

According to Bwanika, although the government secured money for the school it took the district to find sympathisers to donate land. 

He reasoned that the intention of the RDC is either to fail the president or to frustrate the learners from acquiring education services. 

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