Katunguru, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Katunguru Seed Secondary School is struggling to teach science subjects due to the lack of a laboratory.
The O-level school borders Kasese District mainly serving learners around the Katunguru fishing area in Kasese. The deputy head teacher’s office is partly serving as a laboratory for the school that has an enrollment of 214 learners.
Patrick Nsemerirwe, the Deputy Headteacher says that besides lacking a laboratory, the school also doesn’t have a library. He argues that the absence of such facilities which are important in education has affected the performance of the students.
He says that they are forced to keep textbooks and laboratory equipment in the head teacher’s office.
Nsemerirwe wants the Ministry of Education to construct and Laboratory and Library to enhance teaching. He adds that the school also needs staff quarter to accommodate teachers who trek from far places to the school every day.
Benon Nuwamanya a Senior One student, who dreams of becoming a medical doctor, wants the government to emphasize the construction of a science laboratory and library at the school to boost their performance in science subjects. He says they were advised by their teachers to acquire pamphlets that may not be accessible due to financial constraints.
Rachel Kebirungi, a Senior Three student, is worried that they might reach senior four without having enough practical lessons both in physics and chemistry subjects. She also says that the absence of a library limits them from accessing additional information beyond what they are taught in class.
Alex Kakooza, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education says the ministry is aware of the many gaps in the education sector but adds that they are making strides to ensure every school supported by the government has adequate facilities.