Mukono School Inspector Under investigation

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It is alleged that Olivia Bbulya, who was supposed to have ensured that no school continues with holiday coaching instead took bribes from various school heads to let them continue with holiday teaching.

The Mukono Municipality school inspector is being investigated by the town clerk's office on allegation that she connived with school heads to continue with teaching during holiday.

It is alleged that Olivia Bbulya, who was supposed to have ensured that no school conducts holiday lessons instead took bribes from various school heads to let them continue with  teaching.

The investigation arose from complaints sent to the Town Clerk Innocent Ahimbisibwe, from concerned parties that Bbulya, was leaving some schools that paid bribes to continue teaching as she harassed those that refused or failed to adhere to her demands.

Ahimbisibwe says if Bbulya is found guilty of the allegations, she will have to face the law.

"Such acts are totally discouraged. Bbulya is already being investigated on these allegations. She must clear herself or face the law, because such acts paint a bad image to the entire public on behalf of our team which is not good," Ahimbisibwe says.

Holiday teaching is outlawed in Uganda and schools found guilty are liable to punishment prescribed by the Ministry of Education.

Bbulya admits that her team allowed some schools to conducted holiday teachings but denied asking for or taking bribes from head teachers.

"Yes some schools were found teaching in holidays. I agree we left them to teach although, I did not include that in the report to the town clerk and I am not willing to disclose the schools because it was always an agreement between the inspectors and the those schools left to teach. What my team and I did not do was to take bribes," she explains.

Mukono Mayor Johnson Muyanja Ssenyonga, tasked Ahimbisibwe to look into the allegations. He also asked schools to give enough room to the pupils and students to rest instead of overloading them with tests especially as they get closer to national examinations.

However, Jonathan Ntulume, the director of Kwagalakwe Primary School in Goma Division, says schools usually conduct holiday lessons to enable them complete the syllabus and have enough time for revision; if they are to perform well in the national examinations.