Saturday, October 19, 2019
The Closure Of The Gatuna Border Post Between Uganda And Rwanda Has Affected A Number Of Schools In Border Districts

Rwanda closed its borders with Uganda early this year, to purportedly expedite the construction of the single customs post at Gatuna.

However, the directives that were followed with the destruction of all temporary bridges near the border affected a number of Rwandan nationals, who used to cross to the schools at the Uganda side of the border during school time to access education services. 

Hundreds of others were in boarding schools within Uganda.  

A number of schools have now reported a drastic fall in student numbers as hundreds of Rwandan learners never reported for the second term of school that started on May 27.

The deputy head teacher of Katuna Primary School Nazario Mubangizi our reporter talked to says that the school had 105 Rwandan pupils out of the total population of 355 pupils.

 Mubangizi says that the student population has since fallen to 250 pupils, as a number of Rwandan learners reported difficulty in crossing the porous borders to access the school. 

Joab Tumwebarize, the Director of Kabale Trinity College in Kabale Municipality says that all the students who crossed to Rwanda during first term holidays never reported back to school for the second term.  

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