Schools close for lack of toilets

The state minister for higher education rushed to Nakasongola as more Universal Primary schools close over lack of toilets.  Some toilets were swept away by flash floods, while others were filled up last year.

The number of closed schools closed for lack of toilets jumped from eight on monday,  to 12 by Thursday.

Some of the affected schools are; Kyamuyingo Kyakadoko,Busone,Moone,Kigarambi,Lwampanga Roman Catholic, Zengebe, and River Kafu Primary Schools. More than 3,000 pupils have been affected by this closure.

John Chrysostom Muyingo, accompanied with ministry officials arrived in Nakasongola on Thursday.

During a crisis meeting at district headquarters, theChief Administrative officer, Sulaiman Kasozi  told the minister that the district needs 300 million shillings for the  reconstruction of pit latrines. Their petition to permanent secretary of education has not been met.

He said that unless a crisis fund is esbalished, the schools may remain closed, because opening them exposes pupils to diseases.

The Minister said  that there was need to address the matter with urgency but the ministry of education will be able to raise half of needed funds within next two weeks.

He ordered them to also relocate the pupils to nearby schools, and both parents and all concerned citizens should team up to mobilise for funds.

But John Bosco, one  of parents accused the ministry of education of neglecting the schools.He explained that the schools closed prematurely in November, 2011, but nothing has been done to rectify the anomaly.

-Uganda Radio Network