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Wrangles Threaten Performance of Three Luweero Schools

At Kakoola Primary School, the Management Committee and Parent Teacher’s Association also accuses the head teacher, Agnes Kulabako of disrespect and failure to account for Universal primary Education funds.

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Three schools in Luweero district are breaking off for holidays amidst wrangles pitying their school management committees, foundation bodies against head teachers.  

The affected are Kakoola, Bombo Barracks and Kasana UMEA government aided primary schools. There is a sharp dispute between Mayimuna Nansubuga, the head teacher of Kasana UMEA, Agnes Kulabako of Kakoola P/S, Tiba Kataike of Bombo Barracks Primary School and the foundation bodies.

The head teachers no longer see eye to eye with school the founders and management committee members. At Kasana UMEA primary school, the foundation body led by Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa Nsanja, the Acting Luweero District Kadhi accuses the headmistress of disrespect and failure to account for Primary Teacher’s Association fees paid by pupils. 

The wrangles saw the headmistress locked out of her office with calls for her transfer. Sheikh says they won’t tolerate a head teacher who doesn’t respect the founders and can’t account for school funds. At Kakoola Primary School, the Management Committee and Parent Teacher’s Association also accuses the head teacher, Agnes Kulabako of disrespect and failure to account for Universal primary Education funds.

The wrangles sucked in teachers who allegedly laid down their tools leaving candidates to go without studies for a month. Fred Nyanzi, the Chairperson Kakoola Primary School management Committee, says they want the school to be a model school where all stakeholders participate in running and overseeing its activities. 

At Bombo Barracks Primary School, the head teacher, Tiba Kataike is at loggerheads with the School Management Committee and parents who are Uganda People’s Defense soldiers. Zenar Nasur, the Luweero District Education Secretary, says according to the complaint she received, parents accuses Kataike of disrespect and mismanagement of UPE funds. 

Nasur says that she has tried to reconcile the warring parties in vain. She now recommends the transfer of the head teacher to another school to ease the tension. None of the head teachers was willing to comment but in their defenses filled with the District Education Office, the head teachers accuse the foundation bodies of overstepping their mandate.  

Boniface Ssentongo, the Chairperson Luweero District Education Committee, says preliminary investigations reveal that the head teachers lack management skills and stakeholders are also ignorant about their roles. Ssentongo says they resolved in a meeting held this week involving the affected head teachers, management committees, district education officials and Chief Administrative officer that the affected head teachers be trained on how to manage the schools.

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Luweero District Inspector of Schools, Uthman Kamoga who is investigating the wrangles referred our reporter to the District Education Officer, Florence Bbosa who was unavailable for comment.

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