ST PAUL’S SSS OLD STUDENTS WANT SCHOOL TO ACCOUNT FOR MONEY FUND RAISED 8 YEARS AGO
By Ambrose Kweronda
The Alumni of St. Paul’s Mutolere Senior Secondary School in Kisoro district have requested the school administration to provide proper accountability of funds raised during a previous School fundraiser, back in 2014.
The former students, who attended a thanksgiving ceremony, yesterday at the school grounds in Mutolere, claim that the school has failed to account for the money collected during the previous fundraiser.
According to some of the past students, no visible changes at the school indicate, that the funds collected in the last fundraiser, were put to their intended use.
The only, all boys’ secondary school in Kisoro district seeks to revive its image of past glory, having fully exhausted its fame of academic pedigree gained back in the 80s and early 90s, producing some of Uganda’s finest leaders in Politics, Business and the Arts.
The Church founded School has experienced its fair share of woes with violent strikes in the 90s and 2000s.
Worse still, is the poor academic performance in the classroom, which continues to taint the school’s hard earned name to this day.
The School’s head teacher Hygiene Behisya says the school has undergone significant transformation since 2017.
According to Behisya, the school is more than ready to open up its doors to learners interested in seeking a bright future.
“We can confidently say the school is on a positive trajectory. We shall not be defined by our most recent past and yet we have the capacity to revive our former name and even seek greater academic heights,” Behisya said.
Behisya says the school currently has an enrolment of 380 students with a total of 36 teachers.
He says the school is still underutilized because it can accommodate over 1,500 learners comfortably.
“We envision having up to 1000 students in the next 10 years but this will require concerted efforts from teachers, parents, former students and the community at large,” Behisya explained.
A total of 19 Million Ugandan shillings was raised yesterday by a section of Old students who managed to attend the thanksgiving function at the school premises.
Hillary Bisanga, an OB at the school and Commissioner of Uganda Prisons in-charge of Logistics Management, who represented the Commissioner General Uganda Prisons Service Johnson Byabashaija commended the school administration for soldiering on despite having a negative history hanging over the school.
Bisanga further stressed the need for the school administration to brace for hard times because of the rise of many private secondary schools in the district that offer academic excellence and comfort to students.
He pledged to lobby for more support towards education, through Ubuntu Bafumbira United Association (UBUA) where he has been elevated to the position of chairperson until 2025.
Bisanga delivered a contribution of 4 million shillings; two million from Commissioner General Uganda Prisons Service Johnson Byabashaija and remaining two million shillings from his family.
He also pledged to renovate one of the dormitories at the school and stated that he would deploy a team of skilled workers to complete the renovation visa vie sending money to the school.
Fears of mismanagement of funds was re-echoed by several people during the thanksgiving at the school.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website