NEBBI. The Executives of Nebbi Primary Head Teachers’ Association have failed to account for over 13 million shillings they earlier collected from primary school Head Teachers for the purchase of an examination printer.
The decision to buy a printer and its accessories was reached at in 2009 by the Primary Schools Head Teachers’ Association after it became costly for them to print internal examinations from outside of the district.
But 10 years down the road, lack of acquisition of the printer has raised queries from various school management committee members. This has forced some brave Head Teachers to question the executives to justify why they should continue paying shs100, 000 per year without any feedback.
Speaking to West Nile Web on conditions of anonymity for fear of reprisal, some of them said they were often threatened with expulsion from the association whenever they asked for accountability.
As the matter dragged on, a section of the affected Head Teachers petitioned the Chairman of Nebbi District Social Services Committee of the council for a solution and it is on this ground that the executive committee was summoned late last week to answer queries related to the money collected.
The Chairman of the committee, Mr Gabriel Ocibre said the committee took the decision to summon the executives following numerous complaints they received about the printer and the money.
“They have been collecting money from these teachers for close to ten years and yet the printer has not been purchased. We have now ordered them to withhold the collection of the money until they are able to account for the previous collection.
Mr Rhesus Oyirwoth, the general secretary of the Head Teachers’ Association said they have collected 13 million Ugandan Shillings since 2009 but the printer costs 18 million Ugandan Shillings.
“We have started the process of acquiring the printer but the money we have now is not enough. We are still waiting for money from these Head Teachers to finally buy the printer,” Oyirwoth said.
But when tasked to explain whether the 13 million is there, he failed to explain saying the money had been used to run the association’s office thus contradicting earlier statements that the money was there.
The district committee then asked the leaders of the association to go and prepare a comprehensive accountability that they will present to the committee next month.