BY EDSON KINENE
A total of 26500 pupils in 106 private schools in Rukungiri are stranded following they were closed by district officials.
The District Education officer Mr. Jackson Nturirehi ordered the closure of private schools that are not registered and don’t have license.
“it’s just one day the term has opened please if you dont have a license and you have not registered please do not bother to open tomorrowand refund the parents that have paid school fees” he said.
He revealed this during a meeting with propreitors of private schools in Rukungiri district on Tuesday 7th Feb. at the farmers resoucre center.
He said “am policy implementer and am implementing what my bosses have asked me to do please do not open and if children come get them on assembly and ask them to go back home”.
The closure of the schools follows a letter from the ministry of education dated january 16th 2017 signed by the permanent secretary Alex Kakooza subjected Operation of Unlicensed /UNregistered schools. The letter was copied to the Ministers of education and permanent secretary local governemnt ministry.
“therefore the ministry of education and sports requests you and through you, all DEOs/MEOs and district and municipal inspectors that no private school operates in the school calender 2017 with out a valid license or registration certificate issued by the ministry of education and sports” reads the leter in parts.
The District education officer warned to arrest any school official found at any operating school without the requirements as per the letter.
Pleas from the proprietors to have their schools open for a term as the get licenses fell on deaf ears as each was given a copy of the letter .
The Resident district commissioner Rukungiri artin Mugabe when contacted by www.mknewslink.com news website said that we are ordering all sub county chiefs to follow up the issue and have schools closed.
“these schools with out licenses and are not registered have conned parents and don not pay teachers, because they are not known any where in the education system, their owners are after making money but not educating the child of the nation” he said