Activists Target Uneducated Councillors on School Committees

912 Views Kabale, Western Region, Uganda

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Robert Kakuru Byamugisha, the Executive Director Kick Corruption Out of Uganda, a non-Governmental Organization, says such councilors have created a very big setback in the education system.

Education activists in Kabale District want uneducated councillors removed from school Board of Governors and Management Committees.

The  Activists claim that although Board of Governors and Management Committees play a vital role towards the development of schools, most schools in Kabale District have uneducated councillors on their boards.

According to the activists, such councillors have little or no knowledge on setting school plans and policies as well as monitor and evaluate performance.
  
Robert Kakuru Byamugisha, the Executive Director Kick Corruption Out of Uganda, a non-Governmental Organisation, says such councillors have created a very big setback in the education system. 

He says technical officers like head teachers take advantage of uneducated councillors to divert school funds to their personal businesses.

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Grace Munyambabazi, the Inspector of Schools Kabale Municipality, says councillors who failed to take oath in English during their swearing in don't deserve seats on school committees.

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Pius Rwakimari, the Councillor representing Kyanamira sub county, says there is need for a law setting academic qualifications for councillors.
 
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Loy Zikampereza, the Speaker Kabale District Council, says since there is no law that sets academic qualification for councillors there is no reason why they should be faulted.
  
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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.