ZOMBO. Locals of Atyak sub-county in Zombo district have expressed satisfaction over the progress of construction works at the proposed Atyak seed secondary school (SS).
The locals say it is an impetus of hope to have the historical project that will reduce the cost of acquiring long distance secondary education.
Atyak Seed SS construction, a central government funded project worth over shs2 billion upon completion, will be the first secondary school in the history of the sub-county.
The construction of the facility by Stanof construction and general merchandise company Ltd is expected to reach completion by December 2020.
Mr Charles Akena, the managing director of the company said on Wednesday that they were awarded the contract in May 2019 to be completed in 18 months.
The site was commissioned in June 2019 but the progress of work was delayed in between due to intermittent disbursement of funds by the central government.
"Finally, the money was fully released in December last year and we are sure of completing the work as scheduled because we are going to find a way of compensating the time lost," he assured.
The shs2 billion will cover among others; 3 classroom blocks,1 administration block, 3 units of staff houses, 1 block of ICT lab, 1 block of science lab and 1 block of multipurpose hall.
Mr David Amayo, the Atyak sub-county chairman said the proposed Atyak seed SS will go a long way to bring secondary education closer to the people and improve literacy level in the sub-county.
He said the neighbouring community has been excited by the project right from its commissioning to date.
"Parents have been sending their children to distant secondary schools because we didn't have one here, but now that we are going to have our own, parents will bring their children here without hesitation," he said.
Amayo pledged commitment to support every effort to ensure that the first secondary school in the sub-county reaches completion and meets its objective.
He observed that parents have been sending their children to Warr, Zeu, Paidha and other distant sub-counties to access secondary school education.
Mr. Johnson Onega, a resident of Usene mondu village said the school is going to be the pride of everyone in the sub-county and those in the neighbourhood since it will over low cost of education to members of the community.
"We are very happy for the government of Uganda for thinking of bringing a seed secondary school to our sub-county because it is going to be the first of its kind and sending children to distant schools is going to stop," Onega said.
He added that it has been so expensive for parents to send their children to distant schools where monitoring becomes hard and as a result, most children end up dropping out of school.
Ms Jannet Ongi, a resident of Ugudu village said she prays that the construction work is completed as scheduled so that the school is made operational for more children to access secondary school education.
According to Ongi, some parents have been hesitant of sending their children to distant schools on account of financial constraints since they have to be in the boarding section while others are made to stay with relatives where reading environment may not be convenient.