Head teacher jailed over blocking pupil from exams

ARUA. The head teacher of Arua Town College, a private secondary school, was on Monday arrested by police for allegedly barring a fees defaulter from sitting Senior Four Uneb examinations.
Mr Issah Idris was arrested with the school bursar, Mr Sunday Yasin, after Annet Canango reported to police that she was pulled out of the examination room.
The head teacher and the bursar said in defence that the pupil had not paid school fees balance of Shs85,000.
Canango said she had already written her name on the Agriculture Practical Paper, which was her last examination on Monday morning, but she was ejected.
The OC CIID Arua, Mr Dauda Swalik, said it was unlawful for the school administrators to bar Canango from sitting her last paper since she had already registered with Uganda National Examination Board (Uneb).
“The school administrators should have allowed the student sit for her papers and later withhold her results until she, clears the outstanding fees,” Mr Swalik said.
The arrest of the head teacher and the bursar provoked a section of students, who stormed Arua Central Police Station with placards demanding for their release.
“We didn’t have lunch and now I know we are not going to have supper due to the detention of our headmaster and bursar,” Ms Shamim Yasin, a student complained.
The angry students were calmed down by Mr Luiji Candini, the Arua District secretary for production and Natural Resources who asked them to return to school to allow dialogue.
When contacted over the matter, Hajji Yasin Juma, the director of the school, said he is in the process of meeting the student’s parents to pledge free studies for their girl next year.

wokello@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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