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Food Shortage Forcing Lira Schols To An Early End Of Term

miércoles, 26 de abril de 2017

By Ogwal Sam Alero

Famine out break in most parts of the country is forcing most secondary schools in Lango sub-region to close for first term holiday earlier.

According to education calender for 2017, all schools in the country are supposed to close for first term holiday on the 5th, May 2017 but it is unlikely that most of the schools in the region will carry on for the these two weeks following severe food crisis in Lango sub- region.

Mr Peter Awio, the deputy headteacher of Lira Town College revealed to Radio Wa that the school which used to brake on the official day, will be forced to close on Friday 28th April 2017 after the government owned school ran out of food.

Awio said that collection of fees and food items have been big challenges as most of their parents who depend on agriculture complained of low harvest last season due to prolonged drought in the region.

With only two weeks to the end of the first term, Awio said only 70 percent of the students have fully cleared their fees balances.

Another school that will also close on Friday this week is King James Comprehensive Secondary School where the headteacher Mr Alonya Geoffrey told Radio Wa that only 400 out of 1700 students have fully cleared their fees.

Alonya said they are likely to suspend other school activities next term to give priority to only feeding and purchase of learning equipment.

Students of Faith secondary school will also break for holiday on Friday but the school headteacher Mr Ochan Erick was timid to say if the early closer is because of food crisis.

At the moment, a kilo of Maize at Produce lane in Lira town is selling at 2200 from 1200 in 2016 while beans is selling at 3500 a kilo from between 2500-3000 last year.

Efforts to get a comment from Municipal Education Officer to find out if they have been notified by the schools that will brake off before official day was futile at the time of filling this story.