Viongozi wenye utamaduni wa "choo kichakani" waongoze, wasiongoze?
Council rejects School closure
By The Citizen Reporter, Geita
From The Citizen, 12 May 2010
A primary education inspector in Geita district, Mwanza region has been questioned for two hours for allegedly closing down four primary schools due to various shortfalls, including lack of latrines. has been revoked
However, the decision by Mr Heri Msule to close down the schools was revoked by an extraordinary district council meeting, which directed their re-opening despite the shortfalls.
The meeting convened last Thursday under the chairmanship of the acting district executive director, Mr Butoto Lameck to deliberate on the fate of the four schools.
Among the primary schools closed down early this month includes Nyamalumba, which apart from lacking pit latrines for 170 enrolled pupils, the school does not have a single desk.
The school, according the education inspector, also has only three teachers.
“The school was prematurely opened for political reason as its infrastructures were not inspected before hand,” the officer allegedly.
Other primary schools affected by the closure decision were Lushamba, Kanyala and Itabagumba with 1,015, 1,170 and 1,171 pupils respectively.
He said, the four primary schools have no latrines, posing a threat to the health of both pupils and teacher.
Pit latrines shared by pupils and teachers in some of the primary schools had collapsed, he said wondering the motive behind the councillor’s interference with the decision.
“I don’t know exactly the agenda they have. What if the pupils or teachers fall sick or are buried alive in the pit latrines?” Mr Msule queried adding that the councillors were making his professional responsibilities unnecessarily difficult.”
The councillors spent about four hours questioning the education inspector before revoking his decision with immediate effect during their extraordinary meeting.
Despite admitting during an interview with reporters that some of the primary schools were facing the shortfalls in question, Mr Lameck argued that the decision to indefinitely close down the schools was unfair.
However, he said, education inspectors and other experts have already been deployed to all primary schools facing the shortfalls to afresh assess the situation to enable the district council to construct temporary latrines.
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