Buhweju: 60 Schools Closed

The Buhweju District Education Officer Beatrice Tusiime has closed dozens of private schools that were not certified to operate.

Invoking Section 31 of the Education Act of 2008, website Beatrice ordered immediate closure of 106 privately operated schools in Buhweju district.

In the DEO’s Friday communication to the affected school directors, this she referred them to an earlier letter by the Chief Administrative Officer Nathan Ahimbisibwe dated 02 09, 2017, which emphasized that the directors had been alerted in time to obtain the necessary requirements for their schools.

RDC Emmy Kateera Turyabagyenyi stressed that in accordance with the decision taken by the district local government officers, no school without a valid license or registration certificate from the Ministry of Education and Sports will be allowed to operate before procuring a licensee office

“We have decided to close the schools which do not have the license of operation and these are about 64 primary schools” he said.

The RDC noted however that some of the unlicensed schools have been helping bridge the gap of the critically few schools in the district.

“People started setting up these private schools in order to fill the gap but unfortunately they were not guided; putting up structures was not enough,” he said.

He added that the decision to close down the schools was a painful one but meant to protect learners’ interests.

 “Our intention is not to harm these schools but to protect the pupils; anybody who has been gazzeted to close the school and has breached the directive will be arrested and charged accordingly’’ Kateera said.

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