13 Mubende teachers charged with operating illegal schools

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By JOSEPHINE NNABBAALE

MUBENDE.

At least 13 school proprietors and teachers in Mubende District have been charged with operating illegal private schools.

The suspects, who appeared before Mubende Chief Magistrate, William Robbs Komakech on Friday were charged with establishing or maintaining unregistered primary schools contrary to Section 40(c ) of the Education Act 2008.

Three of the accused persons pleaded guilty of the offence and were asked to pay a fine Shs800,000 which they did and got released.

However, the rest pleaded not guilty and presiding magistrate remanded them to Kaweeri Prison until May 7 when hearing of their case will commence.

The accused were arrested on Wednesday during an operation mounted by the Resident District Commissioner and Mubende district education officials to crack down on illegal schools in the area.

They had reopened their schools yet education authorities in the area had early this year closed them over operating below minimum education standards.

During the crackdown, the authorities also shut down seven schools which lack valid operational  licenses.

The affected schools include; Good Life Nursery Primary School, Green Star Primary School, Kids Hope Kirume Primary School, St Mathias Kiwuba Primary School, Orion Community Primary School, West Hill Primary School and  Brain Infant Primary School –all located  in Kasambya Sub -County in Mubende District.

According to Mr Kassim Balinda, the Mubende District deputy education officer, the closed schools also lacked  trained teachers, permanent buildings and were not adhering to the official curriculum.

Mr Balinda said the ongoing crackdown on illegal schools is going to continue across the district throughout the holiday and only those that meet the required standards will be allowed to open for second term which commences on May 28.

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