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Government lifts suspension of 20 head teachers

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By AL-MAHDI SSENKABIRWA

Posted  Friday, December 20  2013 at  02:00

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The 20 head teachers are part of the 33 who had been suspended for failing to provide proper accountability for funds to construct classrooms, laboratories and libraries.

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Kampala-Twenty head teachers who were interdicted last month have been reinstated at their work stations after the government found them innocent over financial misappropriation.

The 20 are a part of the 33 school heads that had been suspended for allegedly misusing funds.

Mr Francis Agula, the commissioner secondary education, said those cleared submitted proper accountabilities and were free to resume work.
“They have submitted necessary accountability of spent and unspent funds. We are satisfied as a ministry and they are free to return to their offices,” Mr Agula said.

The head teachers had been interdicted over failure to comply with instructions to refund Shs1.5b meant for construction works at their schools.

The money was wired to the schools’ accounts to facilitate construction of classrooms and libraries, among other purposes, but head teachers reportedly failed to oversee the construction with contractors abandoning the sites.

This prompted the ministry of Education to cancel their contracts.

Mr Agula said the 13 head teachers who have adamantly refused to return the unspent funds have up to today [Friday] to do so, or their names will be handed to Interpol .
Meanwhile, 20 head teachers out of 134 transferred last week have since picked their transfer letters from the ministry while 1,370 of the transferred classroom teachers will collect theirs by January 7.

The ministry of Education transferred a total of 1,370 teachers, including head teachers and deputies in a shake-up that officials say, is intended to enhance efficiency and ultimate effectiveness.

The Education ministry recently warned that heads, deputies and teachers transferred would have to report at their new stations or risk being punished for insubordination.

assenkabirwa@ug.nationmedia.com