July 21, 2024

Parents lockup head teacher’s office in Oyam over corruption, abuse of office

Pupils play in front of classrooms at Omac primary school in Oyam district (photos by Chris Woo)

By Chris Woo (editor@vol.co.ug)


Angry parents of Omac Primary School in Ngai Sub County, Oyam district yesterday locked up the office of the school head teacher, Tom Richard Odongo, accusing him of corruption and abuse of office.

The parents of mostly primary five pupils stormed the school and locked up the head teacher’s office, arguing that they were made to pay examination fees by the school but their children were never issued the exams.

The parents locked up Odongo in his office and threatened to only open his office after him giving clear explanation as to why their children were denied the exams.

The catechist of Omac Catholic Church, Toby Esther Ebon rushed to the school and pleaded with parents to find amicable means to resolve the matter.

Julius Peter Ocen, the school deputy head teacher said Odongo has been having a sour relationship with teachers which was affecting educational performance at the school.

Mercy Akite the Senior Woman teacher of Omac primary School expressed fear that if the matter is not swiftly addressed, it could affect performance among learners.

Some of the pupils of primary five, six and seven confirmed that they were not issued the exams.

Opok Augustine the chairperson school management committee of Omac primary School called on Ngai Sub County leadership to support them to resolve issues surrounding the school leadership.

Fr Joseph Odongo, the Parish Priest of Ngai parish which is the Foundation body of Omac primary school said they discovered that there is a poor working relationship between the school head teacher, his deputy and some teachers which calls for intervention from Oyam district education department to address the same.

Tom Richard Odongo the head teacher of Omac primary School by press time said he was still in a meeting with members of the Oyam district education department at Oyam district headquarters.

Francis Oleke Ocero, the Oyam district education officer said the matter has reached their attention and he sent one of the schools inspectors to get a report on the same.

Oleke added that a meeting to resolve the matter has been scheduled for today.