The Amuru district local government has finally received shs.700million from the Ministry of Education and Sports for the construction of a seed secondary school in Amuru sub-county, Amuru district.
This will also be the first government aided secondary schools in the sub-county after 40 years of waiting.
This money was promised 10 years ago by President Museveni after he was told of the collapse of a seed school constructed by community [parent] of Pagok in an attempt to address lack of secondary schools in the area.
While it was possible to do so, there existed sabotage from some parents and thus a serious land wrangle.
Mr Okello Apollo Kagwa- secretary for education and health in Amuru district who also represents the people of Amuru sub-county, in an interview with our reporter on Saturday morning appreciated the government for funding the seed secondary school.
“We have got the money. The school is going to improve the standard and level of education in Amuru district,” Kagwa noted.
According to Kagwa, students have been moving long distances in search of secondary schools.
He further reveals that for forty years, the sub-county has had no government aided secondary school.
“The money will be used to construct two classroom blocks, administration block and pit latrines for both students and staff.
He however, appealed to parents to welcome the development and get ready to send their children to study, adding that the land has been acquired by Amuru sub-county.
Oloya Bernard, a resident of Toro parish in Amuru sub-county expressed his happiness, saying that they [parents] have been spending a lot of money transporting their children to other schools.
“This school is going to as well improve on the low level of school attendance which has been registered for years due to long distance,” he says.
Amuru district has five government headed secondary schools and seven private schools with new one still left out.