Students Storm RDCs Office Over Teacher Absenteeism

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Students of Kaberamaido secondary school petition the Resident District Commissioner over teachers dodging classes.

Students of Kaberamaido Secondary School have stormed the office of the Resident District Commissioner, protesting teachers' absenteeism.  
The students led by Daniel Erau, marched peacefully to the RDCs office, where they met deputy RDC Salim Komakech.
Erau told the deputy RDC that teachers dodge lessons, and some classes have only one lesson per day. He says students' leaders have held several meetings with the school administration over the matter but the situation has not improved.
Komakech visited the school and scheduled a meeting with teachers, school administration and students' leaders to chart a way forward. The meeting will take place on Tuesday at the school.
The head teacher of the school, Grace Bato says the school has limited resources, which is affecting teaching. She adds that most students have not paid school fees, yet the term is coming to an end.
Bato says the school has only nine teachers on government payroll, and the school has to pay private teachers from the school fees paid by students. The school currently has 41 teachers, but many have stopped teaching because they have not been paid.
The head teacher also says the district has not helped her over two non-performing teachers, despite several complaints she has written. She alleges that the two teachers have taken to drinking and abandoned their responsibilities.
The District Inspector of Schools, Florence Ongada however says Kaberamaido Secondary School is a Universal Secondary Education school, where teachers are supposed to teach regardless of school fees.
Kaberamaido Secondary School has 240 students.