Fourteen primary school headteachers in Kitgum District are on
spot for failing to account for over 21 Million Shillings COVID-19 funds
disbursed by the government to their respective learning institutions.
The Kitgum District Education Officer Fred Owot says that the headteachers
received the funds in October last year, but have since failed to give any
accountability for the funds allocated to their schools. He explains that
the funds were part of 136.5 Million Shillings advanced to the district last
year mainly meant to facilitate schools to adhere to the covid-19 standard
operating procedures when schools resumed for candidate classes.
Each school received 1.5 million shillings for the procurement of hand
sanitisers, hand washing equipment, thermometers, soap and detergents amidst
other basic requirements.
Owot says despite having issued letters of reminders to the affected school
administrators to account for the funds, the implicated headteachers have since
remained adamant. He adds that their names have already been submitted to the
Chief executive for appropriate action.
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The Kitgum District Chief Administrative Officer Martin Jacan Gwokto says the
deliberate failure to account for how the COVID-19 funds were utilized raises
suspicions that the headteachers could have diverted the money for personal
Gwokto says the implicated headteachers are violating the financial and
accounting regulations, and the delayed accountability renders the district at
risk of being blacklisted from receiving future funding from the government.
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Jacan says the district was considering withholding Universal Primary Education
(UPE) grants releases to the affected school as a means of compelling the
school heads to submit their accountabilities however the move was abandoned
for fear that it would affect the operations of schools that reopen next week.
Mathias Agee the headteacher Bola Primary School when contacted on
the matter declined to speak to our reporter saying he is not entitled to talk
to the press.
Patrick Omal the headteacher of Deite P7 one of the affected
schools in Namukora Sub County says he doesn’t know how his school was
blacklisted despite submitting his accountability.
The Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech says the affected headteachers
have now been given up to Friday next week to account for the funds.