Masaka Municipal Council Authorities Closes School over Lack Of Facilities

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Masaka Municipal Council Education Authorities have closed a secondary school at Nyendo over poor administration and lack of facilities.

Masaka Municipal Council Education Authorities have closed a secondary school at Nyendo over poor administration and lack of facilities.
Victoria Millennium Centre of Muteesa II High School located at Villa Road, Nyendo/Ssenyange Division, Masaka Municipality, in Masaka district has been closed for lack of facilities.
The government aided school closure followed a council resolution by the Social Service Committee headed by Amis Kintu after realizing that the school lacked an operating license and qualified teachers among other facilities which puts in doubt the quality of education offered to students.
Masaka Municipal Council Inspector of Schools Beatrice Ssekiwunga confirmed the closure of Mutesa II High School. He says the closure was in compliance with the council resolution that called for its closure because findings indicated since term two begun this year, no student has attended a single class.
She says that the school has been unable to meet the set requirements by the Ministry of Education for a school to operate.
She says that the school actually had an operational license that indicates the school is based in Kampala yet it was operating in Kampala.
Masaka Municipality Educational Principal Officer, Moses Mathew Ochom, says that Mutesa II High School did not even have security measures to protect students from intruders.
He says that sometime when the committee visited the school, they were shocked to find students volunteering to teach fellow students for lack of teaching staff.
Ochom says that the school that has over 150 students also operated without a board of governors committee despite of several communications to the school authorities warning them against working without a board.
He adds that on several occasions his office had received several complaints from parents that the school would close without notice as the headteacher spent her time attending to her personal business.
Ochom says that government loses a lot of money to such schools that partner with it under Universal Secondary Education (USE} program yet they lack facilities citing the closed school which has been receiving USE funds yet it not functional.
However, the school head teacher Marion Nabagala says that she is not aware that the school has been closed because she had not received formal communication from the Municipality authorities ordering them to close.
She says that the Municipality Education department does not have the mandate to close or order for closure of a secondary school. She says that the Ministry of Education okayed the school administrators to transfer the school from Wakiso where it was operating from to Masaka and they agreed to continue using the same license.