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Head Teachers in Mityana Fail to Account for UPE Funds

Some of the headteachers were on Wednesday handed over to the Crime Investigation Department-CID for further investigations by the Mityana District Integrity Promotion Forum.
Mityana Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Mr Isha Ntumwa

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Over 30 headteachers and classroom teachers from several primary schools in Mityana Districts have failed to account for Universal Primary Education- UPE capitation grants.

Some of the headteachers were on Wednesday handed over to the Crime Investigation Department-CID for further investigations by the Mityana District Integrity Promotion Forum.  

The District Integrity Promotion Forums are coordinating mechanisms for promoting ethical conduct, integrity and accountability, effective leadership, accountability, and good governance in local governments. The forums, existing in several districts, were established by the Directorate of Ethics and Integrity.  

Isha Ntumwa, the Mityana Resident District Commissioner who doubles as the Forum’s chairperson, says that the resolution was made during a meeting held to address gaps in the education sector.

Ntumwa says a report compiled by the district inspector of schools with support from two civil society organizations including Chance for Children and African Centre for Trade and Development-ACTADE identified teacher absenteeism and abscondment, delayed accountability for UPE funds and failure to display UPE grant expenditure reports as some of the challenges affecting the education sector in the district. 

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   Although UPE guidelines require the districts to submit the accountability for UPE funds to the permanent secretary of the education ministry before the last working day of the month, many headteachers have failed to adhere to the guidelines.

One of the implicated headteachers Joseph Ssembatya of Ndiraweru primary school in Busujju County says delays by the government to release the grants affects accountability.

Samuel Kibuule the Headteacher Kabulamuliro primary school in Kikandwa sub-county notes that some of the headteachers  are new in the system and need to be guided.

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In 2015, a report by Harriet Senkaali, a student of Masters of Educational Foundations at Makerere University, noted that most teachers had no clue on how accountabilities are done. 

Senkaali, however, recommended that the districts should strengthen the capacities of practising and newly recruited headteachers through continuous training and effective induction to ensure proper accountability of funds.    



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