Mufutu school strike a litmus test for Nabwera’s quest for quality education
This week’s turn of events at Mufutu Secondary School in Lugari Constituency has provided an eagle’s eye perspective to the extent at which the area, MP Nabii Nabwera, should go in his quest for quality education in the region.
That the school was forced to an indefinite closure is justification that stringent reforms are required in institutions of learning in the constituency, and that the MP should be ready to take off his gloves if he means eradicating the rot accumulating in many of the schools.
Mufutu Secondary School students, in their full-fledged strike on Monday, which led to vandalism of school property to the extent of intervention by security agencies and education stakeholders, raised key issues, among them administrative, of which the learners said have taken root and have been affecting their performance in national exams in the recent years.
Key among the issues raised were irresponsibility on the part of the principal, Mr. To Kitiabi and his deputy, Ms. Petronila Lukulu, unprofessionalism among teachers, and a lack of parental involvement in school affairs, factors that point to a problem bigger than anyone can perceive.
Ironically, the strike came up on the same day the MP was convening a consultative education stakeholders meeting in Lumakanda to draft reforms to the education sector, an event that happened after the leader made a series of tours in schools in the constituency to make some resolutions on his policies.
To avoid an incident in which students flood the streets chanting slogans reprimanding the school administration and causing unrest, the MP should comb through the offices in all the schools in order to separate the wheat from chaff.
He should step up and put school heads on toes and be ready to hold accountable anyone who takes young people’s education for granted, as well as ensure that money raised by parents and the government to fund school projects, such as CDF, is used responsibly.
The sub-county education office at Lumakanda, led by the Director of Education Ms. Margaret Igwatai, should also be put on notice and reminded of its work, which it seems to have forgotten long time ago.
If all these come in place, cases such as students bringing the whole constituency to attention over lack of food and amenities such as electricity, toilets, classrooms, and a fence, will be avoided.
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