THE future of some private secondary schools in Bushenyi district hangs in the balance as they have run short of Senior One and Two students, an education official has said.
Jackson Nzarirwehi, the district deputy inspector of schools, said with Universal Secondary Education (USE), some private schools have failed to get students to admit to Senior One.
He said all children have rushed to government-aided secondary schools where USE is running.
Nzarirwehi, who headed the recently concluded USE head count, said: â€œSome private schools are likely to close because there are no children.â€
At Kyamuhunga SS, which is government-aided, the headmaster, Stephen Nshumbusha, said the S.1 students have been coming in big numbers. He said they had never experienced this kind of turn up, adding: â€œIt is overwhelming.â€
He said 450 (236 in S.1 and 214 in S.2) students at the school are benefiting from the USE programme.
However, in some schools where the programme is being implemented, the headteachers said they still faced challenges like lack of teachers, classroom space, laboratories, books and toilets.
â€œWe expect the situation to get complicated because the funds we generate from S.3 to S.6 is what runs the school. We might even run out of toilets,â€ said a headteacher.
USE drains Bushenyi private schools