Last Updated on: 28th December 2022, 03:00 pm
The government of Uganda has launched the construction of Awei seed secondary school. The school is located in Awei sub-county, Alebtong district.
The new learning centre is expected to reduce the shortage of secondary schools and extend learning to the wider community.
Under Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfer (UGIFT), the shs3.3b project is being funded by the World Bank. Last week, it was launched by the Ajuri County MP also the Government Chief Whip, Denis Hamson Obua.
Administration block, VIP latrine blocks, three classroom blocks, teacher houses, kitchen, two science laboratories, playground, multipurpose hall and information communication technology library are key facilities provided in the project.
Others, according to the district engineer, David Puce include the provision of a rainwater harvesting system, boys’ and girls’ latrines; furniture and a staff room.
Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony at Owalo primary school on Friday, MP Obua said the government will construct three new seed secondary schools in Alebtong.
“Within this short time, the government has launched the construction of Angetta and Awei seed secondary schools and soon we shall bless the construction of Adwir secondary,” Obua said.
“To accomplish all these projects including the one we are launching (Awei seed), the government will spend over sh8b,” he told the gathering.
According to him, all these are aimed at fulfilling the National Resistance Movement (NRM) manifesto of access to quality and affordable education for all Ugandans.
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The district woman MP Dorcas Acen advised parents to take advantage of the school to fight illiteracy, and have access to secondary education. She also wants parents to fight high school dropout and early pregnancy rates.
“Because of the two years lockdown to reduce the spread of COVID-19, several girls in the district were impregnated and abandoned their studies,” she said.
She also said, as a result, she has planned to raise over sh500m to establish and equip Alebtong Skilling and Empowerment Centre to train girls in vocational skills.
The Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Robert Adiama praised President Museveni, saying the seed school will ease access to education, especially for the poor who are unable to send their children to expensive schools.
David Kennedy (DK) Odongo who is the Alebtong LC5 chairman commended Museveni for some of the projects accomplished in the district.
DK cited projects like Awei and Angetta health units which were constructed at sh1.2b, including Abia which was commissioned early this year.