- A lawyer with Lira-based Christine Atyang and Company Advocates, Mr Caesar Paul Atyang, said the rejected head teacher’s rights have been violated.
Dokolo-A head teacher posted to Kangai Secondary School in Dokolo District by the Ministry of Education and Sports has been blocked from accessing the Anglican-founded school on claims that he is not legally married.
Mr Jacob Lunya on Monday said he was blocked from accessing the school on grounds that he is not wedded in church and that he was coming from a less competitive Paroketho Secondary School in Pakwach District.
“When I reported to the office of the diocesan education secretary last week, I was told that I cannot head Kangai Secondary School because I am a non-performer, not wed and that I am coming from a small school,” he told Daily Monitor by telephone.
There are 250 students at Paroketho Secondary School while Kangai Secondary School has a total enrolment of 270 students.
Kangai Secondary School has for the last one year been running without a substantially appointed head teacher after Mr Alfred Okello Odur was transferred to Adwari Secondary School in Otuke District.
Mr Janani Okot, the acting head teacher, said Mr Lunya was blocked following a meeting with the school authorities.
“I received him in my office after I notified the chairperson board of governors, the diocesan education secretary and the district education officer and we held a meeting,” said Mr Okot, who is also the deputy head teacher.
“So, after the meeting, the diocesan education secretary made an appointment with him to meet in the diocese but after their engagement, Mr Lunya did not return to school,” he added.
Mr Lunya said after the meeting at the Lango Anglican Diocese headquarters, he was told to go back to the ministry for redeployment.
“As I talk right now, I am waiting for a response from the ministry,” he said.
The chairperson of the Parents Teachers Association of Kangai Secondary School, Mr Tommy Oming, described the move as discriminatory.
“Issues of administration do not deal with one’s marital status, especially holy matrimony. They depend on one’s capability in performing his or her tasks,” Mr Oming said.
“As the chairperson PTA, I have scheduled a meeting with parents and teachers on May 8 [today] to discuss the way forward,” he added.
Mr Bosco Bwonyo, the Dokolo District education officer, said he was aware of the matter.
“But there was no way I
clarify the matter since I have been trying to call the diocesan secretary for an inquiry but his phone was not going through. Even the head teacher himself did not report back to my office,” Mr Bwonyo said.
Attempts to speak to the diocesan education secretary, Mr Christopher Odongo, were futile as his known telephone number was unavailable by press time.
What lawyers say
A lawyer with Lira-based Christine Atyang and Company Advocates, Mr Caesar Paul Atyang, said the rejected head teacher’s rights have been violated.
“He can order for general damages for the psychological torture he has been subjected to and an order forcing the board of the trustees that controls the school to give him the job,” Mr Atyang said yesterday.
However, the lawyer noted that Mr Lunya could only have issues if Lango Diocese can prove that he is a non-performer.