By James Oloch in Lira
A total of 1,441 pupils of Omito Primary School in Lira district are likely to miss the second academic term following torrential rains that destroyed several classroom blocks recently.
The storm left three classroom blocks without roofs.
Lira chief administrative officer, Benon Rwanghua, said several schools and residential houses were damaged.
The CAO, who was touring the affected areas with the acting Lira LC5 chairman, Fredrick Obong, said P1, P2 and P3 classrooms, the headmaster’s office and the library were damaged.
“This is the worst calaminity in the school. The roof of the P5, P6 and P7 block is just hanging on the wall. I doubt if the school will reopen for the second term.”
Rwanghua asked the school management committee to call an emergency meeting to ask the parents to contribute towards the renovation of the school as they await assistance from the Prime Minister’s office.
The acting LC5, Obong Eyit observed that since local government had no budget for disasters management the central government to create a special budget and fund send to the district and is kept to manage such disasters instead of waiting from the prime minister’s office.
The head master Omito primary school, Martin Opio, said they had 1,441 pupils in first term and wondered where all these pupils will be put in the second term.
“We have no classes for these pupils, we appeal to the district, central government and other humanitarian organizations to come to our rescue” Opio said.
CAO said, the district is going to send the district Engineer to go and assess the damage in all school, so that they forward comprehensive reports to the prime minister’s office.