NEWS– The Headteacher of Mwumba progressive secondary school in Mugobwa village, Nkuringo town council has decried high rates of girl child dropouts due to early marriages.
Nkurikiyimana Joshua made the remarks while addressing a congregation that had come to grace the ground breaking of Mwumba seed school. The central government released Ugx 3.3 billion to aid the construction of new classroom blocks, administration blocks, library, computer and science laboratories, staff quarters and latrines.
According to Nkurikiyimana, there has been an overdue desire to have Mwumba progressive ss constructed to a better standard but the school enrolment is decreasing due to high dropout rates from covid-19 era. He noted that over 80 girls have dropped out since then.
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The Kisoro district Chairman, Abel Bizimana applauded the government of Uganda for prioritizing education by constructing a seed school in at least every sub county.
He asked locals in Nkuringo town council to make use of the school by ensuring that their children go to school and build their future. Bizimana also called upon girls to desist from being lured into early marriages and love affairs that in-turn disrupt their future dreams.
Bizimana demanded for quality work from contractors.
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The state minister for labour, gender and social development in charge of children and youths’ affairs, Hon. Sarah Mateke asked locals to thank God for the biggest achievement to have Mwumba seed school because it was a bigger hustle since the government had lacked contractors to take up the work due to the hilly terrain in the area.
She noted that the policy of having a seed secondary school per Sub County in hilly areas is not enough because of poor road network adding that she will push the government to change the policy to favour districts like Kisoro.
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The Kisoro Resident district commissioner, Hajji Shafique Ssekandi said that Kisoro district is thankful of the Bukimbiri county MP, Hon. Eddie Wagahungu for his efforts in involving the cabinet to spare funds for construction of Mwumba seed school.
Ssekandi asked learners to make use of it and attain maximum levels of education and warned locals against stealing site materials.
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