Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa, the Luwero District Kadhi has confirmed receiving the notification from the DEO and directed Imams and country sheikhs to handle the nomination of SMC members at the 34 Muslim founded schools in the districts.
The Luwero District Kadhi, Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa has
stopped headteachers in Muslim founded schools against nominating members to School
Management Committees-SMCs. This comes days after the Luwero District Education
Officer; Florence Bbosa alerted foundation bodies and headteachers about the
expired tenure of SMCs.
She explained that the three-year term for SMCs expired on December
31ts, 2020. She directed that new members be appointed to take over
immediately. Schools are mandated to establish a 13 member SMC comprising six
members nominated by the founding body. According to the Education act 2008, SMCs
are mandated to manage schools, oversee the day to day administrations and
conduct of the school by the headteacher among other roles.
Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa, the Luwero District Kadhi has confirmed
receiving the notification from the DEO and directed Imams and country sheikhs
to handle the nomination of SMC members at the 34 Muslim founded schools in the
districts. He says that in the past, headteachers usurped the roles of imams
and went ahead to nominate SMC members whom they could compromise and mismanage
According to Sheikh, they have now directed Imams neighbouring the schools to take lead in nominating their six SMCS members and present
them to his office for scrutiny before they are handed to headteachers for
onward transmission to DEO for appointment.
Mulindwa says that they want all
SMC chairpersons to have the minimum qualification of the Uganda Advanced
Certificate of Education while the members should have at least the Uganda
Certificate of Education-UCE. He explains that this is meant to ensure that the right
people are appointed and streamline the role of SMCs as mandated by the Education
act 2008. Sheikh Mulindwa says that he will not hesitate to recall the name of any
person nominated outside the specified procedures.
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Reverend Father Joseph Mary Sekalegga, the Kasana –Luwero Catholic Diocesan
Education Secretary says that he will also meet all the headteachers in church
founded schools to discuss the issue among others. Sekalegga has directed
Parish priests to liaise with headteachers to nominate suitable candidates and
forward their names to the DEO for appointment on SMCs.
Reverend Canon James Ebil, the Luwero Anglican Diocesan Education Secretary was
unavailable to comment on the nomination of SMCs members in their schools. Boniface
Ssentongo, the Chairperson of Luwero District Education Committee has welcomed
the directive by Kadhi, saying this will stop the appointment of incompetent
members and those who have overstayed.
Ssentongo also asked the other religious
bodies to adopt the Kadhi’s approach so as to ensure the right persons are
selected for the tasks.
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Florence Bbosa, the Luwero District Education Officer says that she has no
objection on the directives of the Kadhi and asked headteachers to cooperate
with foundation bodies and submit the required names in time since their tenure
was supposed to start on January 1st this year.