Church Takes Over Government School In Kitgum

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Father Anthony Nyeko, the Dean of Christ the King Catholic Parish where the school is located, says the school closed its doors in 1999 due to funding shortfalls. The school sits on a 30-acre piece of land; something that the Dean says will tremendously help its growth. It already has 400 pupils for its nursery and primary sections, with the first candidates for national Primary Leaving Examinations expected in 2015.

The Catholic Church in Kitgum district has taken over the management of a government school, Julio Pastore Primary School. The church says it took over the full management after government failed to co-fund its activities in 1999.
 
Father Anthony Nyeko, the Dean of Christ the King Catholic Parish where the school is located, says the school closed its doors in 1999 due to funding shortfalls brought about by government’s failure to remit its share of funds. He says government then relinquished ownership of the school to the church when it got engulfed in management crisis that led to its closure.
 
However, the school has reopened its doors for the second year running to re-engage in education this academic year, registering 400 new pupils for its Nursery and Primary sections.
 
Father Nyeko says the school was able to re-open its doors thanks to 25 million shillings that Christ the King Church mobilized from Promitical Missionary Society in Rome, Italy, to renovate it and facilitate its operations. He says the Ministry of Education and Sports has left the control and management of the school in the hands of the church.
 
The school sits on a 30-acre piece of land; something that the Dean says will tremendously help its growth. The first set of candidates to sit the national Primary Leaving Examinations will be in 2015.
 
Father Nyeko says the church is determined to revive the glory of the once top performing school in the country in the next few years. Parents are expected to contribute the bulk of the funds required to run the faith-based private school, he explained.
 
Last year the Ministry of Education and Sports reinstated the registration License it had revoked in 1999 as it investigated its management over allegations of embezzlement and mismanagement.