Teachers have shunned Buraba primary school in Bushiyi Sub County in Bududa district citing long distances and difficult terrain. Buraba primary school, which neighbour’s Mount Elgon National park, has 350 pupils and is government-aided.
The only transport to the school is by foot due to lack of access roads due to the hilly terrain. The school has only four male teachers who trek a distance of over 30 kilometres to and from the school each day.
Since its establishment in 1983, the community founded school has never had a female teacher, according to senior residents in the area.
Annet Nango, a pupil says teachers rarely teach them at school, which makes them to shun the school most of the time.
Apollo Wambete, a parent says the school is understaffed, adding that the few available teachers often arrive late and sometimes don’t show up.
Wambete says this has grossly affected the education of their children as many of them drop out before completing primary five.
He asks the government to look for a means of motivating the teachers so that they can continue rendering service in the school.