Oyam: Aryek primary school pupils use ‘logs’ as chairs in class

By Ojara Daniel

Aryek primary school in Ngai sub-county in Oyam district is in acute seating dilemma for years now.

Odul Moses – the deputy head teacher of the school says their pupils always carry logs and brick from homes to use as tables and chairs.

The highly affected classes are primary one to six, he says, adding: “The classrooms are dusty, in bad shape and like a pothole.”

One of the teachers, who preferred not to be named, says school authorities have been raising the problem to the district and the sub-county but “till now” the school is still lacking furniture.

He says Ngai sub-county last year delivered for them only 60 furniture [desks] and two tables. The teacher says the offers never solved the problem.

Aryek primary school is one of the oldest primary schools in Oyam district. It was started in the early 60s by Anglican Church.

For numerous problems it has faced in recent years, [others says two decades], it has a total enrollment of 240 pupils only in the entire school.

One of the Ngai sub-county authorities when contacted says they are lobbying for furniture and other support from NGOs, and to renovate the dilapidated buildings.

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