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Finance Committee Orders Special Audit into UPE Funds as Eight Schools Miss Out

The Finance Committee Chairperson, Komakech Geoffrey Okumu, says that they discovered that the UPE capitation grant released in the 4th quarter of the 2020/2021 financial year did not reach eight schools without clear explanation prompting them to order a special audit.
Pader District Finance Committee has ordered a special audit into UPE grants following reports that eight schools missed out on the funds during the lockdown.  

The Finance Committee Chairperson, Komakech Geoffrey Okumu, says that they discovered that the UPE capitation grant released in the 4th quarter of the 2020/2021 financial year did not reach eight schools without clear explanation prompting them to order a special audit.

He says that the district receives Shillings 176.3M under the UPE capitation grant for 108 primary schools. However, only 100 schools this time around reportedly received the money. 

He identifies the affected schools as Odum, Rackoko, Olwornguu, Latigi and Lagile primary schools among others.

Celestino Odongo, a member of Odum Primary School Management Committee, says that their attempts to get an explanation from district officials about the grant have not yielded any results. 

However, a report from the Account department indicates that the eight schools had challenges with the names and account numbers, which affected the disbursement of the funds. 

Fred Sankara Obwona, the Lunyiri Sub-County, says that the Finance Committee decision is timely because of corruption surrounding UPE funds. 

He says a report from Racoko primary school shows that district officials borrowed the school grant worth Shilllings 1.078M. 

Pader District Education Secretary, David Lam has confirmed that primary schools missed out on the 4th quarter disbursement of the UPE capitation grant, saying they are still investigating to establish what happened. 

He welcomed the decision by the Finance committee ordering a special audit into UPE funds to get to the bottom of the matter.

Pader District Education Officer, Francis Olwoch, says that the department accountant is closely following the matter.