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Pallisa Teachers Share Toilets With Pupils

School girls clean a toilet facility in northern Uganda

Teachers in Pallisa and Kibuku districts have no pit latrines and have been forced to share with their pupils,  a new survey has indicated.

In all schools visited in the study there were no specific latrines constructed for the teachers.

Teachers were mostly allocated a stance mainly on the girls’ latrine block which usually had a padlock and could only be accessed by the teachers.

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The survey was conducted by a group of NGOs under Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) and supported by Water Aid Uganda.

According to CSBAG specialist David Walakira,  it was conducted in 10 schools of the two districts, try aimed at examining the implementation, of Water Sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in Primary Schools.

“We have no option but to share with the pupils a pit latrine when nature calls,” Osako the head teacher of Kobolwa Primary School is quoted in the report.

The findings were presented before the districts leaders, head teachers of Pallisa and Kibuku at Uganda Red Cross Society offices in Pallisa district and Kibuku headquarters respectively.

It was revealed in the research that in Kibuku district, the pupil pit latrine stance ratio was at 80:1 while for Pallisa was at 70:1 as opposed to the Ministry of Education recommendation which stands at 40:1.

Responding to the findings, the Chief Administrative Officer of Pallisa, Nelson Shaineh said the resource envelop was small and it couldn’t cater for all schoolwater, hygiene and snatiation needs.

David Walakira pointed out that in 10 schools surveyed in the districts of Pallisa and Kibuku seven of them also lacked boreholes and were sharing water sources with communities.

“Whereas access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene services is critical in ensuring people enjoy a good standard of living and ensure people’s rights are fulfilled, this study revealed that that 60% of all schools visited didn’t have hand washing facilities which poses health risks to the pupils given that poor sanitation contributes to school dropout and low literacy rates, especially among girls,” he said.

It is worth noting that most of the schools disclosed did not have specific budgets for WASH although they have a provision to allocate 15% of their budgets to WASH interventions.

“The poor school sanitation situation needs to be addressed urgently through a combined effort of the Water, Education and Health Sectors since there is a positive correlation between education, quality of life, and good health, social and economic activity,” Walakira said

The Pallisa District Inspector of Schools Rose Asio agreed with findings of the survey and implored school management committees and administration to address the plight of sanitation and hygiene in schools.

 

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