By Anthony Kushaba
Construction projects valued at 420 million shillings were initiated in Ntungamo, a district in southwestern Uganda, with the aim of enhancing the education sector.
The launch event, which took place on Monday, involved the commencement of two key structures: a two-classroom block at Igorora Primary School in Nyakyera sub-county, valued at 120 million shillings, to be carried out by EPIC Fine Services and Contractors Limited; and four classrooms, an office, a store, and a five-stance drainable latrine at Rwamakukuru Primary School in Nyakyera Town Council, valued at 300 million shillings, to be executed by NUATU Consult Limited.
During the project launch, Rosemary Atuhaire, the Deputy Resident District Commissioner of Ntungamo, urged parents to utilize the government-provided structures and ensure their children receive a quality education to compete effectively in the current job market. Emphasizing the significance of education, she warned that a failure to send children to school would negatively impact both their future and the community. Atuhaire commended the district’s leadership for prioritizing the education sector.
Samuel Muchunguzi Rwakigoba, the district chairperson of Ntungamo and secretary for education, expressed the commitment of the district leadership to continually improve education standards. He urged parents to collaborate closely with school management and teachers to ensure their children receive a high-quality education. While acknowledging the establishment of good structures, Muchunguzi emphasized the vital role parents play in conjunction with teachers to achieve academic success.
Mathias Ndifuna, the Chief Administrative Officer of Ntungamo district, called upon schools and local leadership to prioritize maintenance to prevent wear and tear, noting that maintenance costs are relatively low.
Ntungamo district education officer Fred Bahati urged parents to always monitor and own government programs in their respective areas if their intended purpose is to be realised.
Kenneth Nganwa, the LCIII Chairperson of Nyakyera Town Council, praised the district leadership for transparently executing government programs. He highlighted the uncommon practice of officially launching projects and providing bills of quantities to communities in previous years.
The launch event was attended by several key figures, including Ntungamo District Engineer Charles Kusemererwa, District Vice Chairperson Asuman Kigongo, Secretary for Health and Social Services Bibiana Kakinoni, headteachers, and members of the school management committees, among others.