In a heated meeting held on Monday in the school main hall, some of the aggrieved senior four and six candidate together with their parents blamed the strike on the poor leadership of the school head teacher, Michael Ocan. For instance, some of the students said they didn’t have Pre-Mock examination to prepare them for mock examinations.
An emergency meeting
called to resolve the impasse at Kitgum Town College in Kitgum Municipality on
Monday turned dramatic when the school head teacher broke down in tears while
The meeting follows a
student’s strike at the school on Friday last week. Senior four students
rampaged protesting the delayed issuance of the Mock Examination Time table.
In a heated meeting
held on Monday in the school main hall, some of the aggrieved senior four and six candidate together
with their parents blamed the strike on the poor leadership of the school head
teacher, Michael Ocan.
For instance, some of the students said they didn’t have
Pre-Mock examination to prepare them for mock examinations. They also accused Ocan
of swindling money for their remedial lessons and holiday programs. Each student
pays Shillings 20,000 each term for remedial leaders and holiday programs.
also allegedly paid Shillings 100,000 each for a study tour in Entebbe last
month. Ocan denied the accusations and broke down in tears while explaining how the school’s financial meltdown has cast him in the spotlight as a corrupt leader.
He explained that
when he took over management a year ago, he found the school indebted in
millions of Shillings and unable to meet most of its obligations. He said the school had
accumulated Shillings 377 million in unpaid staff contributions to the National
Social Security Fund-NSSF, income tax arrears with Uganda Revenue Authority
[URA] and millions in debts to suppliers.
Ocan also noted that
the money for the remedial lessons and holiday programs he was being accused of
swindling was paid through a select committee of teachers, adding that he never
touched a penny.
He acknowledged the Shillings 100,000 that students paid for
the field trip, saying it was diverted to pay a loan at Centenary Bank, which sparked
outrage from parents and students.
// Cue in: “ Adwoyo wi cente………………………
Cue out: …………………….. Gwoko gi aye” //
Ocan said he was being blamed wrongly for sending students home yet their
parents didn’t pay fees for the second term, a reason the time table came late.
Reports he submitted
during the meeting revealed that 147 out of the 230 students in senior four hadn’t
cleared fees accounting for Shillings 25.5 million.
He instead blamed some teachers for instigating
the students to strike.
// Cue in: “An ma atiye ………………………..
Cue out: …………………………………… peke i bank” //
The School Director and Acting Kitgum District Education Officer, Fred Owot
admitted that the school has been battling financial difficulties but noted
that it wasn’t right for students to meddle in it.
He said that he had forgiven
the students for their conduct and judgment of the head teacher and warned them
never to engage in strikes as a way of addressing their grievances.
Owot said they are
doing everything possible to ensure that the students start sitting their mock
An assessment conducted by the school authorities puts
the damage caused by students to the tune of Shillings 68.5 Million.
The school management
and parents are currently holding discussions to find ways of meeting the cost
for the damaged properties.
At least 19 students arrested in connection to last
week’s strike are still in custody at Kitgum Central Police station on charges
of malicious Damage to school property.