NEBBI. As Uringi secondary school celebrated 50 years of existence, its administrators used the day to appeal to the government of Uganda to renovate the dilapidated buildings which are posing a risk to the lives of students.
Speaking during the golden jubilee celebration on Saturday, Mr Maxwell Dramadri, the head teacher of Uringi secondary school said the school currently has poor infrastructure, no teachers’ houses and no means of transport which needs urgent intervention by government.
“We want to plead with the government to support us in our project to get a bus as a way of safer transport for the students and also consider rehabilitating the school under the World Bank project to improve its infrastructure,” Dramadri said.
Meanwhile Rev Ponce Ozelle, the chairperson old boys and girls of the school said their association is working hard to buy a bus for the school and so far, 20 million shillings has been raised in pledges and cash.
“This is a 3-year project and we are targeting 400 million to buy a bus for the school to improve on the means of transport for the students and I thank the government of Uganda for the support given when the students got accident last time,” Ozelle said.
He however, urged parents to send their children to Uringi secondary school since the enrolment has dropped to 505 students from over 1000 where it used to stand.
Ozelle said the school is on its way to regain its glory and all those concerned must play their roles.
But Mr Geoffrey Anecho Okello, the Nebbi district vice chairman expressed displeasure, saying that the district is still faced with high school dropout rate especially among the girls due to early marriage and pregnancy while the young boys have resorted to betting instead of concentrating on their education.
“Our performance has continued to drop because the students and pupils are not taking education seriously despite all the interventions being but in place” he said.
His Highness Phillip Olarker Rauni III the King of Alur said there is no way that the young boys should be allowed to engage in betting because it is addictive, he urged the local government to come up with a law to regulate the mushrooming gambling businesses in Nebbi town.
On teenage pregnancy and early marriages, he said “say no to early child marriage and teenage pregnancy, talk to parents and these men to act responsibly because these girls are vulnerable.”
Ms Jennifer Namuyangu, the state minister for local government who represented the first Lady Ms Janet Museveni urged parents to give priority to educating their children and teachers to take up their responsibility so that quality education can be achieved.
She donated 20 million shillings cash to the school and urged authorities to always be cautious about the security and safety of students.
Uringi secondary school was started in 1968 by Late Simere Walendu Uringi, who was then state minister for health in Obote I government as a private school.