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A total of 45 Government Aided primary schools in Kumi district did not open for first term in the first week.

Charles Okol, Kumi district Education officer, told Redpepper Online that 270 head teachers, deputy head teachers and teachers of primary one and two classes were attending a training workshop at St. Aloysius Primary Teachers College in Ngora district.

The affected schools are from the sub counties of Mukongoro, Kanyumu and Nyero.

Okol says the training was focusing on reading and writing skills.

The training that ended on Saturday started on Monday May 27 and was organized by School Health and Reading Program (SHARP) in conjunction with National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC).

Okol noted that the national program sponsored by USAID runs till 2017 in the three districts of Kumi, Katakwi and Serere in Teso sub region. They are among the seven beneficiary districts in the country.

He says the training is aimed at reducing the failure of pupils due to poor reading and writing skills.

Okol points out that the 45 schools will be opened on Monday June 3, 2013.

John Michael Otai, the Kumi district Inspector of Schools, said a third of the pupils in other schools turned up on the opening day of second term.

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