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Namisindwa SS headteacher put on the spot over alleged mismanagement

The main gate of Namisindwa Secondary school

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The headteacher of Namisindwa Secondary School has been accused of poor management and negligence.

Isaac Matanda, the headteacher is accused of absenteeism and misuse of the capitation grant that was meant to pay support for teachers who are not on the payroll and non-teaching staff, for the smooth running of school programs.

In a letter dated November 23, written by the district inspector of schools Namisindwa, John William Lusayi, the headteacher, has on several occasions been absent from school, without delegation of duties to his deputy, which has affected the performance of the learners.

“The staff work in isolation without any professional guidance and support from the head teacher,” the letter reads in part.

The headteacher is also accused of misusing the capitation grand worth 16 million Shillings.

“After the headteacher received the grant, he disappeared from school for some time”. the letter adds.

According to Lusayi, the staff, including the security at the school have started running away because they have not received their salaries for over 5 months.

He has asked the Chief Administrative officer and the Resident District Commissioner Namisindwa District, to audit and punish the headteacher, for he was acting contrary to the teachers’ code of conduct.

The deputy resident district commissioner, Julie Namara, says they have received the complaints and have summoned the accused head teacher.

“We have responded to the letter from the inspector of schools, and we have started taking action by summing the headteacher, and if he is found guilty, he will be charged,” Namara told URN.

Isaac Matanda, the accused head teacher has however refuted the allegations, saying the school programs are running smoothly.

“Of recent I was sick and was getting treatment, but they have said I was absent, which not true,” said Matanda.

He says the payments for the staff are being processed and they should be patient.



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