Church School Parents Demand Expulsion of Promiscuous Head Teacher

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The parents and teachers of the school have unanimously passed a vote of no confidence in the school's head teacher Moses Ssewava. They accuse Ssewava of chronic absenteeism, mistreatment of staff and immorality.

A row has erupted between parents, teachers and the head teacher of Nsawo Church Of Uganda Primary School just before the end of year examinations.

The parents and teachers of the school have unanimously passed a vote of no confidence in the school's head teacher Moses Ssewava. They accuse Ssewava of chronic absenteeism, mistreatment of staff and immorality. 

Amos Konde, the chairperson of Nsawo Primary School management committee, claims that Ssewava turns up for work only two days in the week. He does not explain his absences. 

Konde says that Ssewava's poor work attitude has seen led to many administrative and managerial challenges at the school. The school has also sharply declined with the enrollment rate dropping from 600 pupils to 484 pupils.

Konde says all attempts by parents and management committee members to meet Ssewava have failed as he never turns up.

Godfrey Ssembayita, parent, says that though the school is under the foundation of Church of Uganda, Ssewava's behaviour is an affront to the values of the Church. Ssembayita claims Ssewava is well known for being a promiscuous man. 

14 of 15 teachers at the school have also passed a vote of no confidence in their absent head teacher. They have submitted a petition to Luweero District Education Officer seeking for immediate termination of Ssewava's contract.

The teachers, who spoke to Uganda Radio Network (URN) on condition of anonymity, say they can't work with Ssewava anymore because he humiliates them with abuse language in front of their pupils.

They also accuse him of misusing 2.5 million shillings that were disbursed under Special Needs Programme.

The Teachers and School management Committee have submitted petitions to Secretary of Education Luweero Diocese Reverend Paul Kakooza and District Education Officer Florence Bbosa.

Ssewava was not at the school when URN visited. Teachers present claimed that Ssewava now only works for two hours on the few days he does make an appearance before vanishing.

Speaking to URN on phone, Ssewava denied rebuffing parents and teachers attempts to meet him. He said he is all for reconciliation.

But Reverend Paul Kakooza the Secretary of Education Luweero Diocese explains that Ssewava has failed the  last test to work in Church of Uganda Schools.

Kakooza says there had been similar complaints against Ssewava's conduct in schools he he headed before.

He cited the schools as Bbowa,Nalongo,Buzibwera and Mabuye Church of Uganda Primary schools. 

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The Luweero District Education Officer Florence Bbosa says that she is aware of the complaints but the department is investigating the matter and following procedures.

Bbosa warns teachers and parents against using force to eject Ssewava as this may distract the school's preparations for the end of year and Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE).
Recently parents at Lukole UMEA and Wobulenzi UMEA had to be calmed by police after they threatened to forcefully eject the headteachers from the schools.


About the author

Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.