According to the petition, the residents said that in 2012 President Yoweri Museveni pledged to upgrade St Joseph’s Karangura Secondary School to a seed school since it was community-owned and in a poor state.
Rwabuhinga explained to URN in an interview that government's plan is to construct a secondary school in each sub county in the country. He says as far as the council is concerned, St Joseph's Karangura Secondary school is complete and they cannot add it more funds.
Aliganyira says that although KIU cleared the rent of up to Shillings 36 million, they are hesitant to use the money to repair the structure because they are drafting a development plan of how to use the center that will cost about Shillings 57 million.
Last month, Francis Banyange a parent petitioned the office of the Kabarole Resident District Commissioner RDC, Stephen Asiimwe; the Mayor Fort Portal municipality, Rev Willy Kintu Muhanga; among others, arguing that there is extortion and misuse of funds at the government-owned school.
The current law provides for a fine not exceeding 50,000 Shillings or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding two years to any person who is involved in malpractices. These include those who reveal examination material contents to unauthorized persons, those who alter the work, data, information or scores of a candidate, impersonators, and those who maliciously damage examination material.
According to the District Senior Education Officer, Elizabeth Kasenene, the number of unlicensed schools is unknown because they crop up at a high rate and operate without their knowledge. She, however, says that there are 60 licensed primary and secondary schools in the district.
While speaking during the science and technology innovation awareness and outreach workshop organized by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation at Kabarole district headquarters, Rwabuhnga argued that the current curriculum is more theoretical than practical.
It was agreed during the two-days annual conference held at St Pauls National Major Seminary in Kinyamasika Fort Portal that the current education system in the country doesnt produce a skilled workforce that is required to increase income and employment.
The students, who were carrying placards reading Tuition must be decreased, disclosed that that early this month, the university administration increased tuition by 30 per cent on top of scrapping of bursaries and scholarships to needy students without their knowledge.
He pledged to engage the president on all the issues raised by teachers through their body for redress. The Kabarole district LC V chairman, Richard Rwabuhinga appreciated the fact that government has constructed classroom blocks in some schools.
The Head master Aloysius Rujumba says that investigations carried out indicate that the students were the ringleaders of last months strike. Rujumba says that the suspended students will only return to school in October to sit for their O level exams.