MARACHA. Maracha district councillors have disagreed with the Ministry of education and sports over the choice of a seed secondary school to be established in the district.
This is after the ministry recommended Nyadri Urban SS as opposed to All Saints SS Oluvu which was earlier proposed by the council.
In a heated debate on Wednesday, the councillors said they will not allow the decision taken by the ministry based on a report submitted by an unidentified district official.
Last year, the district council resolved that All Saints SS will follow Kololo SS that won the favour of the ministry to be constructed as a seed secondary school to a tune of shs400m which was initially intended to be shared among three schools.
The two other beneficiary schools; All saints Oluvu and Nyadri Urban were lined to be considered in a phased manner after the controversy delayed the implementation of the project in Kololo secondary school.
While presenting the recommendations of the committee of finance, planning and administration, Mr Charles Waga, the committee chairperson noted that they approved All Saints SS to benefit because they didn’t want the wishes of councillors to be altered.
Similarly, Mr Bosco Asea, the secretary for social services ruled out a debate on where the next seed school should go on grounds that every councillor in the district was present when All Saints SS was recommended for consideration ahead of Nyadri Urban SS.
However, Ms Grace Buleru, the district female councillor representing Nyadri sub-county and Maracha town council argued that value for money will not be achieved if All Saints SS is blessed by the council.
“The document I have here is from the ministry of public service indicating that the enrolment of students in All Saints SS is low and there will be no value for money if the council goes ahead to approve it for construction as a seed school,” Ms Buleru argued.
But after the deviation was rejected by the rest of the councillors, the deputy speaker, Mr Adrian Drakana ruled that the line-up drawn last year should stand and told the stakeholders of Nyadri Urban SS to wait for the next financial year.
As a result, the fate of the students admitted to begin senior one under the universal secondary education program at Nyadri Urban SS has remained doubtful after the council decision.