ADJUMANI. The ministry of Education and sports has given Adjumani district shs 2 billion for the construction and development of Maaji seed secondary school in Ukusijoni Sub County.
The money will be used for the construction of a laboratory and library blocks as well as equipping them. It will also be used for the construction of teachers’ houses, a classroom block and a chain link perimeter fence around the school according to the contract document.
The school which started as an integrated school for the host communities and the bursting population of the youth in Maaji refugee settlement in 2018 also earlier received shs 500 million funding from Refugees Hosting community Program (REHOPE).
The Adjumani district chairman Mr James Leku who was on a monitoring tour of government projects on Tuesday said the school will cover the underserved Ukusijoni sub county that previously had no secondary school yet the nearest one from the sub county is about 20kms away.
Leku said the school admits hundreds of students from Obongi and parts of Yumbe district as he hailed the government of Uganda for being committed in addressing education gaps in the district.
“We are going to embark on opening roads so that access to the school can be improved”, Leku stressed.
Several parents lauded the government for the support pointing out that most of their children could not attain secondary education because they could not afford school fees which is charged in boarding schools.
But the Ukusijoni sub county chairman Mr Dominic Arambe criticized the district chairman when he claimed that he had hijacked the school by locating it to a place of his personal choice.
He said after the repatriation of the refugees in future, the school may turn to be a ghost without students.
“Where we had proposed this school could have been better for even nearby sub counties to even walk, but where they have taken it due to political reasons may not help the poor in future”, Arambe stated.
Adjumani district has 10 sub counties that equal to the number of 10 government aided secondary schools which is in conformity with ministry of education policy of one secondary school per Sub County.