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Amuru Parents Lock Head Teacher’s Office

The aggrieved parents led by Samuel Akera, a concerned parent stormed the school this morning and asked the head teacher, Ether Gidudu to exit the school.
Sign post of Keyo Secondary School in Amuru district - Courtesy Photo
Parents of Keyo Secondary School in Amuru district have locked out the Head teacher accusing her of incompetence and financial impropriety. 

The aggrieved parents led by Samuel Akera, a concerned parent stormed the school this morning and asked the head teacher, Ether Gidudu to exit the school.    

They accused her of among other things abuse of office, causing a decline in student enrollment from 1,000 to less than 200 and failing to organize the Annual General Meeting. According to Akera, several parents have opted to transfer their children from the school due to a sharp decline in performance.  

  Several non-teaching staffs have reportedly missed their salary for more than eight months. Jimmy Amone, another aggrieved parent, says the names of some of the candidates scheduled to sit for Uganda Certificate of Education – UCE exams are missing despite clearing their fees. 

On March 28th 2019, the Education Ministry transferred Gidudu to Gulu Senior Secondary School to replace the former head teacher, Michael Apire who was ejected by parents. She however, rejected and blocked from assuming office. 

On May 20, Amuru Chief Administrative Officer - CAO, Francis Oluka wrote to Ministry of Education halting the transfer of Gidudu to Gulu Secondary School for alleged failure to account for over Shillings 400 million in the 2017 and 2018 financial year.

 

The Amuru District Education Officer – DEO, Joyce Lanyero says Gidudu has failed to organize Annual General Meetings at the school for the last two consecutive years running. Gidudu declined to speak when contacted by our reporter.

Amuru district leaders including the area MP, Gilbert Olanya, LC 5 Chairperson, Michael Lakony and police and other local authorities held an emergency meeting at the school to quell the situation but their efforts were futile.