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New Luwero SS Headteacher Takes Over Office Amidst Protests From Old Students

Early this month, the Ministry of Education and Sports transferred David Balaba Ssenkungu the headteacher of Luwero Secondary School to Ndejje Secondary School all churches founded schools. This after the headteacher of Ndejje SS Dr Canon Charles Kahigiriza retired after clocking retirement mandatory age.
From left; Ronald Kato Ssesanga receiving a handover report from David Balaba Ssenkungu the outgoing headteacher of Luwero SS

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The Newly posted headteacher of Luwero Secondary School Ronald Kato Ssesanga has taken over office despite protests from old students.

Early this month, the Ministry of Education and Sports transferred David Balaba Ssenkungu the headteacher of Luwero Secondary School to Ndejje Secondary School all churches founded schools.  

This was after the headteacher of Ndejje SS Dr Canon Charles Kahigiriza retired after clocking the mandatory retirement age. The Ministry of Education and Sports transferred Ronald Kato Ssesanga from Kira Secondary School to Luwero Secondary School to replace Balaba.

However, a section of Old Students under Luwero Secondary School Old Students Association (LUSSOSA) rejected the deployment of Kato claiming that the Association and Board of Governors were not consulted before the posting.

The Old students also argued that the performance record of Kato at earlier schools including Luteete S.S and Kira SS doesn’t match the standards needed at Luwero SS.

The Old students and the Board of Governors proposed two possible replacements for the continuity of the development of the school. The proposed names included Mathias Lubega the headteacher of Luteete SS and Betty Nakyanzi the Deputy Headteacher of Trinity College Nabbingo

But on Wednesday, the Luwero District Education Officer Florence Bbosa Ssekitoleeko presided over the handover ceremony of the office and instruments to Kato Ssesanga from Ssenkungu to start work.

Bbosa explained that the role of Old Students is to contribute to the infrastructure and career development of students but not to determine the deployment of any staff of the school. She asked the Old Students to welcome the new Headteacher and cooperate with him to achieve the goals. Bbosa added that Kato is competent enough and mentored by the best headteachers to serve the school.

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Canon Mephibosheth Musisi the Secretary of Education at Luwero Anglican Diocese said the church has welcomed the deployment of Kato and the Bishop pledged to support him to develop the school.

The outgoing headteacher of Luwero SS Balaba Ssenkungu advised the incoming headteacher to cooperate with old students together with the foundation body among other stakeholders to run the school smoothly.

Balaba said although there was some resistance against him, he should be able to manage the situation and bring the old students on board for the development of the school.

For his part, the new headteacher Ronald Kato said he doesn’t blame the old students for resisting him because it's normal for people to fear change and doubt the capacity of a new person. Kato promised to cooperate with old students and all the stakeholders to develop the school.

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Rev. Canon Godfrey Kasana Ssemakula, the Chairperson of the Board of Governors said the old students are stakeholders of the school whose opinion can be accepted or rejected by the Ministry of Education.

He however said as the Board of Governors of the school, they abide by recommendations by the church as a foundation body and decision by the Ministry of Education to post any person they find fit to serve as headteacher.

Kasana said that they have welcomed the new headteacher and will cooperate with him.

In 2020, the Old Students forced the Ministry of Education and Sports to transfer William Ssuuna, the former Headteacher of the School. They accused Ssuuna of maladministration, declining performance, examination malpractice, lack of transparency, disrespect of stakeholders and bribery, among others.

Efforts by the Former Bishop of Luweero Diocese Eridard Nsubuga Kironde to block the transfer of Ssuuna yielded no results. Luwero Secondary School located in Luwero town boasts 1500 students. The school was founded in 1964.

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