Katakwi Technical School Parents to contribute to build modern toilets

Posted on Nov 15, 2023
By Admin

By Richard Onapatum


The Administration Katakwi Government Technical School in Getom sub-county, Katakwi District has appealed to parents to cooperate and contribute  UGX.10,000 (Ten thousand), per term for the academic year 2024 for the construction of  Eco-San Pit Latrine.


“The school’s pit latrines are full, have an awful stench that can be smelt from meters away, and they are perpetually maggot-infested”.


This was disclosed on Monday 06th-november-2023 by the school's headteacher, Joseph Aisu Edotun, during an exclusive interview with our reporter


The school headteacher Edotun says that his administration is currently in negotiations with parents to contribute to the construction of ECO-SAN pit latrines which are drainable.


This move is in a bid to address the looming shortage of latrines that has hit the technical school.


“Parents this is our school, I urge you to comply and pay the 10k per term as we had earlier agreed, no one will help develop our school apart from us,” said Edotun.


The school headteacher hopes to collect about shs.10,900,000     ( ten million nine hundred thousand), intended for the construction of the ECO-SAN pit latrines.


The construction of an Eco-san pit-latrine is not only a practical solution but also an eco-friendly one.


It ensures that the facility remains operational even when it becomes full, eliminating the need for frequent construction of new latrines.


What exactly is the problem?


Katakwi Technical School in Getom sub-county, Katakwi is grappling with a lack of pit latrines, forcing the students to share one pit.


Currently, the whole school is in a crisis, as the four-stance pit latrine facility for both the boys and girls that was initially in use got filled up.


The headteacher confirms that the situation is alarming,” the students have to queue to share the only available latrine in place”.


“It’s true we are stuck with a lack of latrines, I have written to parents to contribute to the construction of new pit latrines”, said Edotun


Although there is ongoing construction of a girls' dormitory with latrines, the boys' wing 4stance latrine cannot hold the school's current overwhelming population.


“In a meeting, I told the Board of Governors (BOG) that we cannot run away from the problem, the boys' latrines are full”,  exclaimed Edotun


Some of the affected students while speaking to our reporter called for immediate intervention from the Government saying the latrines they are currently using are full.


Odongo Juventine a first-year student says they use one pit and they have to remove their shirts when visiting the latrines.


“our latrines when it reaches evening we have to make a line, the smell also sticks on clothes”, said Odongo


According to 20-year-old Irene Ariokot who has been at the school for two years, she avoids going to the toilet unless it is absolutely necessary.


“Oftentimes, some class members could tell and make fun of whoever visited the toilet just by the rancid stench on their clothes”. said Ariokot


Olupot James says that they visit the toilets mostly in the evening so they can take a bath to remove the odour that sticks to their clothing.


The students remove their school sweaters and sometimes even shirts and hang them on a tree branch right before entering the pit latrine.


Upon leaving the latrine, most students loiter outside for up to thirty minutes before returning to class.




As you may be aware, in September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


The Right to Quality Education Team focuses on Goal 4 (Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all) and Goal 6 (Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all).


In schools, a lack of proper sanitation facilities leads to high absenteeism.


In addition to students missing school for 5–7 days to recover from diarrhea, the student’s family may have to spend money on medical care or medication to help treat this common school disease.


The lack of proper sanitation and hand washing facilities in schools put students, School Administrators, and Staff at increased risk of bacteria and viral infections like diarrhea and COVID-19.


With World Toilet Day to be celebrated next week (every 19th November) I believe it is necessary to celebrate toilets and raise awareness of people, particularly school-going children, living without access to safely managed sanitation.


World Toilet Day, [every 19 November], celebrates toilets and raises awareness … of people living without access to safely managed sanitation.


It is about taking action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.” 


Having a World Toilet Day to highlight and focus on this pressing issue of a lack of sanitation is sensible to Uganda as a country, Teso as a region, and Katakwi as a district when the statistics show that 4.2 billion people, representing 53.88% of the global population, lack safe sanitation.



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