By Candia Stephen
Arua-Parents have been warned against registering their children in substandard schools.
The education authorities say the parents who dare to do so risks losing their money once the substandard schools are closed.
Joachim Ozimati, the principal education officer in the Municipality issued the warning due to advertisements by private schools on radios calling on parents to register their children.
“Parents should be careful about some of these schools because some of them may not meet the minimum standards and end up being closed. We need to ensure quality of education and not that is meant for making money only,” Joachim said.
He urges parents to ensure that their children are taken to fully registered and compliant schools to avoid wasting their money and disorganize their education.
Last year more than ten schools were closed in Arua Municipality after they were found to be operating below minimum standards, leaving many parents and their children stranded and in losses.
Many schools take advantage of the increasing population in the town by opening substandard schools and end up overcharging parents. Their performances have remained dismal.
The education officers are starting verification of the schools next week. Some of the schools do not have adequate toilets, classrooms and teachers.
Mahmood Ajobe the secretary for production and marketing Arua municipality says the council is in full support of the education department to ensure that all schools operate within the set standards.
Since the influx of the south Sudanese refugees in to West Nile, several private schools and institutions have sprung up in shoddy commercial and residential structures, mainly targeting their children.