Kijunjubwa Town Council gets Shs 3.3bln secondary school

MASINDI-Residents and the leaders of Kijunjubwa Town Council in Masindi district are excited after government accepted to construct Shs 3.3 billion Kijunjubwa Seed Secondary School in the area.

The construction of the school was launched days ago by Emmy Ngabirano the resident district commissioner Masindi who warned the contractor against shoddy work.

Ngabirano called for the timely completion of the works and close monitoring of the construction works by all the stakeholders.

Speaking during the launch of the construction works, Cosmas Byaruhanga the Masindi district LCV chairperson, said the school was one of the presidential pledges made by President Museveni during the 2006 presidential campaigns.

“President Museveni promised us a seed secondary school and it has been fulfilled. I am happy that…we are launching its construction,” said Byaruhanga.

The parents who spoke to this reporter said some children in the area were unable to join secondary education due to the lack of a secondary school.

“We are excited that we have also got a fully-fledged secondary school. As school leaders, we are going to mobilise and ensure that children get enrolled in the school when it is ready,” said Gerald Muhumuza, the chairperson Parent Teachers Association [PTA].

“Our children have been getting married at a tender age because they had no hope of continuing with secondary education. After completing primary seven they would just come home, but now with the establishment of this seed school we are going to embrace it,” said Muhumuza.

Yahahya Juss, the LCIII chairperson Kijunjubwa Sub-county said it has been costly for parents to take children to distant schools, adding that some of the children would dodge classes since it was not easy to monitor them from distant schools.

The school will have an administration block, multi-purpose hall, modified compound, sports field, ICT block, staff quarters and science block, and classrooms among other units.

Moses Kiwanika Ssebyala, the director CMD Investments Limited promised to ensure quality work, adding that they would complete the project within 18 months.

Phionah Sanyu, the chief administrative officer Masindi told the stakeholders that everyone has a role to play in ensuring that there are good results.

She warned the contractor to work within the given timeframe to avoid retuning the money back to the treasury.

“There should be effective communication to ensure that there’s proper accountability if the project is to be effectively implemented,” Sanyu said.

Aled Ronald Akugizibwe, the area Member of Parliament warned the community members not to underutilise the infrastructure.

He also cautioned the parents against marrying off their children at a young age, advising them to educate them instead.

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