97 schools in Lwengo closed over poor facilities

By: Malik Fahad Jjingo

Lwengo: Authorities in Lwengo District have ordered the closure of 97 schools for lacking the required minimum basic standards.

A January 28, 2014 letter, signed by the Chief Administrative Officer, Mr Godfrey Karuhiira, states that the schools would be reopened after they have met the set regulations.

The district education officer, Ms Doreen Ankunda, said some schools, including those that have kindergarten sections, were operating from unhygienic residential houses, without sufficient toilet facilities, posing a health risk to children.

Mr Karuhiira said most of the affected schools were not registered with the education department and lacked qualified teachers besides operating in dilapidated structures.

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