A public school has resorted to fencing a section of its compound after an alarming rate of sex workers invading the premises, turning it into a lodging facility.
Njeru Primary School in Buikwe District, Central Uganda, which sits on an eight-acre piece of land has been lacking a fence for some time, which has given the prostitutes the leeway to access the playground.
According to Damian Buregyeya, chairperson of the Triangle Village where the school is located, security officers in the area have tried severally to eliminate the trespassing sex workers unsuccessfully.
“The situation is very bad at night, especially during holidays and when the pupils have left for home. You find people openly having sex, smoking marijuana, while others would flee naked upon seeing our team closing in on them,” Buregyeya told Ugandan outlet Daily Monitor.
Since the area lacks electricity supply, it has become a very convenient spot for the sex workers and their clients.
Sex Workers at Dark Corners
James Lubale, a boda boda rider in the area, says that he ferries some clients to the spot in the evening. “I later realised that ladies direct their clients to some dark corners of the school compound since there is no electricity and security,” Lubale added.
Farouk Musuuba, the headteacher, says parents have been demanding that the management put up a fence to protect their children from the horrific sights of sex workers in action witnessed at the playground.
“It is true the school compound has been turned by some community into love-making ground because every morning, you find the school compound littered with ‘funny things’ that these young pupils see,” Musuuba added.
He says that the behaviour has caused a number of pupils to be transferred to other schools, fearing that during the next enrollment, there will be even fewer pupils.
Florence Walubo Abenakyo, an employee in the education department of Njeru municipal council, says that the fence will not only prevent unauthorised access into the facilty, but also prevent pupils from sneaking out.