Diocesan Secretary for Education, Geoffrey Kagoye blessing the desks.

Parents Buy Desks for Bishop School to Reduce Congestion

PTA treasurer performing the function of handing over desks to teachers.
PTA treasurer performing the function of handing over desks to teachers.

Parents of Bishop East primary school in Mukono have bought 70 desks to help resolve the problem of congestion in the school. 

The parents agreed to contribute Shillings 15, 000 to procure the desks after recieving inadequate desks from the government through Mukono Municipality. 

The school regestered over 200 new learners bringing the number to 800 pupils. 

The school head teacher, Christopher Ssebaggala, says that he recieved 14 desks from the government. 

He has however said that about 40 percent of the parents contributed willingly and the school topped up as well to procure the 70 desks. 

According to Ssebaggala, they spent Shillings 80, 000 on each desk, which now supports over 200 learners.   

Juliet Nabweteme, the Parents Teachers Association-PTA Treasurer expresses happiness to the parents for the contribution saying it is going to improve the study environment of their children.

She also applauded the school management for putting to proper use the solicited money saying it energizes parents to contribute towards other developments.  

Teachers receiving desks from parents.
Teachers receiving desks from parents.

The Deputy Chairperson for the School Management Committee, Moses Kikaawa appeals to the rest of the parents to also contribute for more desks as a way of supporting their children.

Kikaawa notes that such offers from the parents directly benefit their children. He notes that a good study environment sets a good foundation for performance.

Mukono Diocese Secretary for Education, Rev. Geoffrey Kagoye appeals to other heads of schools and parents within districts of Mukono, Buikwe, Kayunga and Buvuma to copy such good initiatives done at Bishop East to also improve the study environment in church schools facing similar challenges.

“Most of our schools especially those under the government are faced with challenges among others: lack of desks, poor infrastructure but school management committees doing nothing but crying to the government.”

Several other schools in districts of Greater Mukono are still struggling with insufficient desks. In many classes starting from pre-primary to primary four learners sit on breaks. 

Mukono Municipality Coordinating Center Tutor, Monica Karungi appeals to school head teachers to mobilise parents and old students to support their schools as they wait for the government instead of lamenting.   

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