Friday February 14 2014

Stray animals hijack Mayuge classrooms


MAYUGE- Classroom activities at Bwondha Primary School in Mayuge have ground to a halt following an
invasion by stray animals which have made teaching and learning practically impossible.
The school, which has a pupil population of 600, is the only government-aided primary school at
Bwondha Landing Site on Lake Victoria.

Authorities at the school told this newspaper on Tuesday that local communities have for the last two
years failed to control their animals, mainly cattle and pigs. These animals end up straying into the
school, affecting learning activities at the school.

The headmaster, Mr Aaron Kasolo, said the animals always invade the school premises at night and when
the pupils arrive in the morning they have nowhere to sit.

Besides, disruption of teaching activities, Mr Kasolo said, the animals mess up both the classrooms
and the compound with their waste which takes a lot of trouble to clean up.

The chairman of the school management committee, Mr John Wansolo, said the animals have largely been
responsible for the frustration of efforts to improve academic performance at the school, which did
not register any division I or II in the 2013 PLE exams. All its pupils posted grades III and IV.

The sub-county security officer, Mr Franco Maite, called for intervention from higher authorities
saying that the community was non-responsive.