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authorities are on the spot for allegedly diverting Shillings 44.24 meant for Kitgum
Town College, a private secondary school implementing Universal Secondary
The money was disbursed
to the municipality in the 2018-2019 financial year under the School Capitation
Grant. Kitgum Town College is one of the private
schools in the municipality implementing USE.
Michael Ocan, the Kitgum Town College Head
Teacher, says they were meant to receive the money in the fourth quarter of the
2018-2019 financial year. Documents seen by URN for the fourth quarter
expenditure for the capitation grants for UPE, USE and Tertiary releases for
intuitions 2018/2019 financial year show that government released Shillings
99,393,180 million to Kitgum Town College.
Ocan says when they tried to follow up on the money through the
office of the Town Clerk, they were told that there was an error in allocating
the money and it would be redirected into the school account. He however, says to date they haven’t received
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Ocan says the school management had planned to use the money
to procure 15 computers and set up an ICT laboratory. He notes that their
failure to receive the money has affected the teaching of Information, Communication
and Technology studies at the school.
says they are now stranded, since each student had paid Shillings 20,000 for computer lessons. Last week, students at
the school mainly senior four candidates staged a violent strike protesting
among other reasons failure to attend computer lessons despite paying for it and
late access to the mock Examination timetable.
Patrick Ocan Ocitti, the acting Kitgum Town Clerk denies any
foul play. He says they allocated only Shillings 56.9 million out of the Shillings
99.3 million to Kitgum Town College because the school authorities had
According to Ocitti, they had started paying the school in
the first quarter but they were tipped off by concerned school officials about
the exaggerated enrollment, which forced them to do assessment and adjusted the
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says the remaining money was disbursed to four
other secondary schools that has had unquestionable enrollment but were
receiving less Capitation Grants. They are Kitgum Alliance
College, Kitgum Integrated College, Kitgum Vision College and St Bakhita Girls
He says they have since recommended to the Education and
Sports Ministry to stop funding schools that don’t deserve the capitation grant
such as Kitgum Oxford College.
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The State House Anti-Corruption Unit is currently
investigating complaints by Kitgum College whose officials accuse the Municipal
authorities of wrongly withholding their money.
Capitation Grants are computed based on enrollment where government
pays Shillings 47,000 for each student.
Last year, Government begun phasing out
USE support in 792 private schools, saying it will use the money to fund
construction of its own schools and improve the existing ones.