Omoro City’s Only Vocational School Abandoned Over UGX 35 Million :: Uganda Radionetwork

Lowerence Omach, the headmaster of the school, in an interview with URN, said more than 35 million shillings were needed to repair the roof, renovate the dilapidated wall and buy learning materials damaged by a lawyer caused by the wind.

St. Martine Opit Vocational School in Omoro City Council has not reopened despite the government allowing educational institutions to reopen after two years of closure caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

St. Martine’s is a private institution and is the only vocational school in Omoro City Council. It was opened in 1999 under the foundation of the Opit Catholic Church, but in 2018 the roof of the school building was blown away and until now the school remains inactive.

Lowrance Omach, the headmaster of the school, in an interview with URN, said 35 million shillings were needed to repair the roof, renovate dilapidated walls and buy wind-damaged learning materials.

He says that in 2018 they had four hundred students in the school in the various departments such as driving and mechanics, masonry and concrete practice, welding and tailoring.

But currently due to this damaged school, they cannot recall students this year.

Omach added that they are seeking support from good wishes and other development partners to support them in renovating the school structures as the district engineer has already calculated the amount of money needed to complete the work.

Justin Okot, the chairman of the school management committee of the affected school, also said that the failure to reopen their school this year has affected many students as St. Martine Opit Vocational School is the only technical school of the municipal council and the majority of the students who were there. cannot be admitted to a suitable school nearby now

He says St Martine Opit Vocational School served as a learning center for vulnerable children like orphans and mothers among others, and several NGOs were helping them learn different vocational skills.

Molly Ayoo, a mother of two, says her children studied at this school and were supported by an NGO and are now at home.

Oliver Aciro, a second year tailoring student, told URN in an interview that she could not afford to have a new school to continue her education as she was supported by an NGO at St Mrtine’s.

Omara Jimmy, also a second year bouldering and concrete practice student, says his parents did not take him to a new school due to financial difficulties as he was supported by an NGO.

According to reports from the district education department, Omoro district has only two vocational and technical schools, namely Bobi Community Vocational and Technical School in Bobi sub-county, 15 kilometers from the Omoro City Council and is government supported, and the Labora Youth Center located in Labora Sub-county, 11 kilometers from Omoro City Council, which is also government funded.

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