Students stuck as director abandons school


BUKEDEA-Police in Bukedea District are searching for the director of Victory High School who allegedly closed the school prematurely, leaving several students stranded without meals and means to travel back home.

Mr Michael Okallany Okiror is said to be on the run after he failed to pay teachers and to run the school.

According to Simon Echokit, the OC Kolir Police Post, police got wind of the situation after 11 stranded students approached Koir Police Post, complaining that their director and teachers had abandoned the school and the students had gone without meals for two days.

Apparently, the teachers had gone for months without salary and several had thrown in the towel. The stranded students were mostly from Kumi and Soroti districts.

“Some of the students claim they had cleared fees for boarding section,” Mr Echokit said.

The students accused Mr Alfred Obokoka, the director of studies, of collecting money from them even when they weren’t being attended to. Mr Obokoka, however, said he had resigned from the school six months ago over non-payment.

“I stopped any dealings with that school,” he explained, adding that the director should answer for the mess.

Mr Sam Okello, a student, said since the school opened for first term, they have never been taught.
The Bukedea District inspector of schools, Mr Michael Opunya, when contacted to comment on whether the school had been cleared to operate, said “I am not aware of such a school in Bukedea.”

He said the school had never been given a licence to operate in the district. “Under normal circumstances, the district education officers, health inspector, district engineer have to inspect the school before it’s authorised to operate,” Mr Opunya explained.

He said the scenario at Victory High School calls for more vigilance from district stakeholders to check on the mushrooming schools.

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