Iganga High School Parents Rally against Transfer of HM

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One of the largest secondary schools in eastern Uganda, Iganga High School, is locked in a battle between the Ministry of Education and Sports and the school's parents' association. Disagreements started on December 19th when the Ministry of Education sent a letter to the headmaster of Iganga High School, Daniel Kayima, informing him of his transfer to a new school. According to the letter, Kayima is to move to his new assignment at Asinge Secondary School in Tororo and must handover office by January 9th, 2009. The letter signed by Education Ministry Commissioner YK Nsubuga was copied to the Chief Administrative Officers of Tororo and Iganga districts. News of Kayima's reassignment spread fast and soon parents rallied around him, vowing not to allow him to leave Iganga High School. In a meeting on Tuesday, the parents' association resolved to hold acts of civil disobedience if Kayima is removed from Iganga. The meeting, chaired by the Member of Parliament for Kigulu South, Milton Muwuma, commended Kayima for bringing tangible improvements to the school during the three years he was posted there. The parents demanded that he be left at the school to complete all his development programs. Muwuma said he will meet a larger delegation of parents, school board members and town council officials today to draft a petition against the transfer, which will be handed to the Ministry of Education. The MP however warned against over vigilance, noting that errant parents' associations had led to the demise of many government schools in the Busoga region like Jinja Secondary School, Iganga Secondary School and Kiira College Butiki.


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