Classroom blocks blown off by wind at St Martine Voc. school in Omoro. Photo by Daniel Ojara.

St. Martine vocational school in Omoro needs shs15m for renovation

(Last Updated On: 21 November 2020)

By Ojara Daniel

Omoro—21 November 2020: The only technical school in Omoro town council, Omoro district, St. Martine vocational school is seeking for financial aid from government.

Located in Opit Upper, school authority says they are looking for over Uganda shillings 15 million to renovate the dilapidated structures.

In April this year, the building mostly the roof was blown off by the strong winds and heavy rainfall. This was a time when all schools were temporarily closed due to the outbreak of coronavirus in the country.

Lawrence Omach, the head teacher of the school, confirmed to TND News that the buildings were demolished by strong winds and heavy rainfall.

According to Mr Omach, they are seeking support of up to 15 million shillings for the renovation of the building.

This he said is in preparation for “normal resumption of lesson (classes) next year”.

He revealed that “a lot of academic stationeries (books) among other property were destroyed”, adding that “it is worth millions of shillings”.

The head teacher also said other documents got lost after the roofs were blown off by wind, alleging that as thieves took advantage of disaster to loot the stationaries.

St. Martine vocational and technical school Opit was opened in early year 2000 by the Catholic Church, and it is under Opit Catholic parish whose overseer is Father Ponsano Volontor. He’s also the founder of Opit Catholic parish.

The school raised many people with technical skills. Some are now engineers working in South Sudan and Uganda.

During the LRA war, some NGOs supported the school financially, and it also offered short training courses to the young people who were abducted by rebels but escaped.

The parish priest of Opit Catholic parish Father Robert Ochola said the parish is still seeking support from well-wishers in order to raise the required amount needed for the renovation before next year.

Currently, the school compound is being used for grazing cattle with bats playing over and inside the building.

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