Local leaders in Madi Okollo district are concerned that the cracked walls of Pawor Seed Secondary School are deterring students from enrolling. The school, constructed between 2018 and 2019 with World Bank support, developed cracks shortly after completion, posing risks to the safety of students and teachers.
Ismail Drabe, the LC V Chairperson of Madi Okollo district, highlights the alarming state of the school’s infrastructure, noting that the classrooms, latrines, and other facilities have become uninhabitable for learners. He notes continuing to teach in such an environment is considered risky.
Located in Pawor sub-county, the school’s current enrollment stands at only ten students, significantly lower than the 47 registered in the previous academic year. Jimmy Afidra, the head teacher, emphasizes the need for urgent intervention to prevent the collapse of the school.
Former councilor of Pawor Sub County, Peter Toriek, reveals that despite writing to the Ministry of Education about the issue, they have not received a response. Consequently, they are requesting the government to construct a new seed school for Pawor sub-county.
Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny, the State Minister for Northern Uganda, advises the district to conduct an assessment of the building quality to determine whether the condemnation is necessary.
The construction of Pawor Seed Secondary School was awarded to Osdito Investment Limited and Dolphins Construction Company for the first and second phases, respectively, with a total project value of 1.4 billion shillings.