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First Lady urges government schools on affordable structures

Minister Janet Museveni being welcomed by the headteacher of Ruhaama county Tumutoreine Nicholas at Ruhaama SS (PML Daily PHOTO)

NTUNGAMO – The Minister of Education and Sports, Mrs Janet Kataaha Museveni, has challenged stakeholders of government schools to concentrate on setting up structures which are affordable and durable.

Speaking at a fundraising function at Ruhaama Secondary School in Ntungamo District at the weekend, the First Lady said the Ministry of Education And Sports is implementing the government programme of concentrating first only two secondary schools per district rather than focusing on many schools in order to improve the structures of existing ones.

‘’School stakeholders should build and own their schools which are affordable and durable rather than expensive ones,” Ms Museveni said at the function that sought to raise funds to rehabilitate the dilapidated structures at the school.

The minister, who contributed Shs20 million and announced another Shs30m from President Museveni, also urged local governments to invest in tree planting seedlings as the only way to fight drought and protect the environment in the country.

Minister Janet Museven addressing the parents and stakeholders at Ruhama SS, Ntungamo (PML Daily PHOTO)

‘’You political leaders should provide trees to the public such that they can plant all these bare hills because when these hills are not planted with trees, we may face drought,’’ she said.

Over 100m shillings were raised towards the construction of 4 classrooms, laboratory, Library and dormitories.

Ms Museveni hailed the Bishop of South Ankole Diocese, Rt Rev Nathan Ahimbisibwe, for supporting the campaign of encouraging parents to always pack food for their children and fight against poverty at household level.

The headteacher Ruhaama SS, Mr Tumutoreine Nicholas, lauded the teamwork amongst the staff, students and parents which has enabled the school to perform well at ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels a year after year.

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