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ANGLICAN CHURCH LISTS SCHOOLS THAT URGENTLY NEED REHABILITATION

By Joel Mugabi

The Directorate of Education of the Church of Uganda (CoU) has urged Anglican MPs to support efforts to rehabilitate just over 40 traditional church-founded schools in their respective regions.

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In his update to the Anglican MPs Fellowship on December 17, Rev Dr Paul Kakooza, CoU’s Director of Education Services, noted that the Church owns a number of traditional schools, most of them founded during the time of missionaries, and that most of these had tremendously contributed to the country’s education goals.

But Dr Kakooza was concerned that some of these schools are still roofed with asbestos, which can cause lung cancer, scarring of the lung tissue, and other asbestos-related diseases, especially as asbestos deteriorates. The Anglican Education Directorate boss made it clear to the legislators that most of the schools “desperately need revamping.”

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“The Ministry has a plan of revamping traditional schools. I request you to advocate for CoU traditional schools in your respective dioceses and I suggest that priority be given to the already selected forty-two model schools listed below in alphabetical order with their respective dioceses,” said Kakooza.

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The 42 include: Busoga College Mwiri, Gayaza High School, Kabalega Secondary School, Kibubura Girls School, Kigezi High School, King’s College Budo, Kyebambe Girls SS, Bubulo Girls’ School, Mbarara Boys High School, Nyakasura School, Mengo SS, Wanyange Girls SS and Wampeewo Ntakke SSS, among others.

Kakooza further complained about Government’s insistence that the Anglican Church hands over land for institutions under the seed school project. “CoU appreciates the envisioned seed ‘schools project. Several dioceses, to this effect, have embraced the project and in many cases the Church has been proved to be an indispensable partner by providing land for these developments,” said the Education Director. “However, we are concerned that the Church in some cases is forced to surrender land titles as a condition of constructing a seed school.”

He listed some of the affected schools as Kololo Public Seed School in Maracha District where he claimed that the Church has been denied foundation rights for the institution it had owned for 28 years before it was turned into a seed school in 2019. The other affected institution was Karwa Seed School in Yumbe District.

CoU land has not been surrendering, land titles for schools and we have had problems, we fear that this may be a scheme of secularising the education sector. The board of Education recommends that COU maintains her foundations rights in cases where we have offered land for seed schools to construct, UCC has the same position on this,” noted Kakooza.

He also listed some other challenges faced by church schools. These included lower little capitation grant, lack of enough staff as well as the lunch policy, which challenges he noted were seriously affecting provision of education services. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us atmulengera2040@gmail.com).

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