NTUNGAMO- Tension has emerged at Ruhanga Adventist Secondary School in Ruhanga parish, Itojo sub county Ntungamo district when teachers, students boycotted classes as parents and some members of the Board of governors protested the transfer of the school’s acting head teacher, Kabangizi Gideon.
The school gate was locked with two padlocks and a steel chain until the Resident District Commissioner Ntungamo Mr. George Bakunda flanked by police intervened to calm the situation.
The RDC and the security personnel held a special meeting with all stakeholders for almost another six hours at school’s premises to have the situation brought back to normal.
The transfer was announced by Jane K Mwesiga on behalf of permanent secretary in the Ministry of education and sports on October 12th, 2020 moving Kabangizi to Rubaare Secondary school as classroom teacher in Rubaare town council Rushenyi County.
The parents, together with a section of board members, accuse the Bishop of Seventh Day Adventist church Bernard Kakuru Bampata for sabotaging the affairs of the school.
“Ruhanga Adventist SS is a church founded mixed school which nearly collapsed due to mismanagement of funds and expired boards” one of the aggrieved parents told the press.
The board members led by Natamba Edward and Dr Penninah Beinomugisha Jambo board members noted that they are disappointed by Bishop Kakuru’s decision to reverse the decision of members to look for another head teacher instead of Katsigazi who he preferred and recommended.
Alice Makoote, a parent at the school, says Bishop Kakuru cannot force his relative as the new head teacher of the school as if is a herb that cures malaria or immunizing polio.
On top of their voices parents say that they are afraid that the transfer will instead hold back the school which had started registering visible improvement warning that they cannot withstand the new head teacher whom they had refused three times.
Muhumuza Dennis Savimbi, the Itojo Sub County district councilor noted the acting head teacher’s transfer was okay but appointing new one without the knowledge of the board is the subordination of the highest order because of diverting the board decision.
However, RDC Ntungamo George Bakunda who chaired the six hours special meeting in the absence of Bernard Kakuru Bampata resolved to withdraw the appointment of the new head teacher Agaba Samuel Katsigazi as it was resolved in the last board meeting to pave away for board members to outsource or suggest at least three names where they will choose the substantial one.
Bishop Kakuru shunned the board meeting and was represented by Pastor Munyalubega Abel the SDA Diocesan secretary and Pastor Samuel Mumbere Diocesan education secretary Mbarara.
The district was represented by CAO Turyaheebwa Hanny, DEO Atamba Peace and Turyatsingura Edison the secretary for education and among others.
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