Bududa. Parents of Namesti Parish, Bukalasi Sub-county in Bududa District have asked their leaders to re-open the primary schools which were closed four years ago following mudslides for next academic year.
Three primary schools in Namesti, Kistasta and Tunwasi were closed in March 2010 after a directive from environment and wildlife officials, forcing pupils to trek 7km to Bukalasi Primary School.
Mr James Kuloba, a parent, told the district chairperson, Mr John Baptist Nambeshe and Resident District Commissioner James Shilaku during a meeting last week that their children, especially girls have got unwanted pregnancies due to lack of nearby schools.
“Our daughters have been lured into early sex with chapatti sellers along the way to Bukalasi PS because we are unable to provide pocket money [to them],” Mr Kuloba said.
Mr Patrick Koko, another parent, said some boys had started engaging in unproductive activities because it is difficult for their guardians to check on them at Bukalasi.
Mr Shilaku said although he wanted the schools reopened, they needed to consult experts regarding the safety of pupils against possible mudslides.
“We shall consult experts on environment on the possibility of opening up these schools. We cannot re-open them without their aice because they have a better idea on why they closed and why we should now re-open them,” he said.
Mr Nambeshe said he would ask government to re-open Tunwasi PS to cater for younger children who cannot walk to Bukalasi. He said parents had started a community school at the mudslide area for children.
cater for pre-primary pupils who cannot travel to school.
“They do not have class rooms yet Tunwasi primary school seems secure to accommodate,” he said.
Parents also want a health centre built for them after the only one that was there was buried by the mudslides.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor