15 Private Schools Closed in Arua for Flouting Guidelines

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The resolution was made during a heated technical meeting held at the office of the town clerk yesterday, where out of 33 operational private schools, 15 failed to comply with directives to put up standard structures and sanitary facilities, Joachim Ozimati, the principal education officer Arua municipal council say.

Arua municipal education sector has closed 15 private schools operating in the municipality for failing to meet basic requirements.

The affected schools are Golden child, Hope Kebir, Ibin Abas, Bilal, Global, Arua Junior, Star, Kings, Baryan, Tawakal, Ebeneza, Mary Land, Pearl international and Alhilal, all Nursery and Primary schools.

The resolution was made during a heated technical meeting held at the office of the town clerk yesterday, where out of 33 operational private schools, 15 failed to comply with directives to put up standard structures and sanitary facilities, Joachim Ozimati, the principal education officer Arua municipal council say.

"We gave a period between one and two years for private schools to improve their sanitary facilities and classrooms, but… they have failed to improve and the only option is to close them as they re-organize their premises" Ozimati asserted.

Ozimati adds that some new schools had opened without registering with the municipal council. He said these were treated as illegal entities. "We will not allow people to wake up and start schools for profit and cheat the public and compromise children's health, but rather close them for safety of our children" Ozimati warned.
 
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Francis Byabagambi, the Arua municipal council town clerk further explains that school proprietors were advised, in a meeting held in December 2014 to improve their facilities before opening for the new school term.
 
"The intention of the meeting and our inspections is that some schools were operating in unhygienic premises which are not conducive for children" Byabagambi said.

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According to the ministry of health guidelines, nursery schools are permitted to operate with one toilet stance shared by 20 children whereas for primary schools, one stance is shared by 40 children. The guidelines permit that schools should provide open space for children to play both within the school compound and football fields.

But Swadik Juruga the managing director of Hope Kebir Nursery and primary one of the affected schools says schools only need additional time to improve the facilities. He adds that as entities that compliment Government effort in promoting education, their services should be acknowledged.

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Arua Municipal Mayor Charles Asiki says that although private schools compliment government effort, they are equally obliged to comply with set policies.
 
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