Head teacher collapses, dies at school

Tuesday October 23 2018

A map of Uganda showing the location of Kitgum

A map of Uganda showing the location of Kitgum District. Teachers and pupils of Akworo Primary School in Labongo Amida Sub-county, Kitgum District, were yesterday thrown into panic and disbelief after their head teacher collapsed and died on the school compound on October 22, 2018. COURTESY PHOTO  

By DENIS OPOKA

Teachers and pupils of Akworo Primary School in Labongo Amida Sub-county, Kitgum District, were yesterday thrown into panic and disbelief after their head teacher collapsed and died on the school compound yesterday.

Tony Obol, 44, had just finished teaching Primary Seven class in the morning before falling on the ground upon exiting the room.
The sub-county chairperson, Mr Wilfred Nyeko, said the deceased was going home to have breakfast and planned to return to conduct more lessons.
Mr Tonny Ogwal, a teacher at the school, said Obol was “a down-to-earth teacher”.

“We shall miss him a lot,” he said.
The District Education Officer, Mr Celestine Lamakio Odonga, said he was called to take the head teacher for treatment after he collapsed.
“Upon reaching the hospital, he was pronounced dead,” Mr Odonga said.
He praised the deceased as one of the most committed head teachers in the district.

“He (Obol) has been residing at the school with his family, something not possible with very many teachers in the region. We will always miss his services,” Mr Odonga said.
The body of the head teacher was by press time at Kitgum hospital morgue, pending autopsy and embalming.
Obol is survived by four children and a widow. He will be buried on Thursday at his ancestral home in Namukora Sub-county.

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