BUJUMBURA September 28th (ABP) – Pupils displaced from Gatumba with their families following the floods that hit the area head-on have gone to further increase the numbers in schools located in Maramvya and Rukaramu areas of Mutimbuzi commune in Bujumbura province. (Western Burundi), adding the problem to those existing, entrusted to ABP one of the school officials in those localities.
According to Mr. Shabani Tubirabiraho, director of the Kigwati Basic School in the Rukaramu zone, that school is facing various problems, a few days before the start of the school year.
In addition to the problem of classrooms following the students coming from Gatumba, there is that of the lack of desks, textbooks and teachers which arises acutely.
However, Director Tubirabiraho is delighted that learners no longer sit on the floor because, he said, UNICEF has given them 100 desks benches and another benefactor has given 78 benches, although it is not enough. He added that UNICEF has also built three tarpaulin classrooms for them to unclog the classrooms. But when it rains, these tarpaulin classes let the water run over the pavement. He asked for support for his school in classrooms, desks, teaching aids and especially teachers.
The school has hitherto employed temporary teachers paid by parents, he said.