Two teachers, Joseph Odoch and Denis Obonyo, from Ladere Primary School, which is located in Lira Palwo Sub-County, have been apprehended by Agago Police for causing disruptions during Primary Seven mock examinations due to their intoxication.
The incident occurred following the directive of the school’s head teacher, Charles Obwoch.
Obwoch had previously cautioned the teachers on Wednesday and obtained their assurances that they would refrain from consuming alcohol.
However, on Thursday morning, both teachers arrived at the school under the influence of alcohol.
Their disruptive behavior included seizing examination papers from students, openly revealing answers, and using inappropriate language in the presence of the students.
Concerned parent John Ocaya pointed out the teachers’ notoriety for using inappropriate language in the community.
He strongly criticized their behavior as a stain on their professional reputation. Ocaya noted that local businesses had collectively decided not to sell alcohol to these teachers due to their conduct.
Despite this, the teachers found a way around the restriction by having others purchase alcohol on their behalf from different sources.
Luka Okidi, the chairperson of the School Management Committee, expressed deep concern about the disruptive actions of the teachers.
He confirmed that the matter had been reported to the district education officer.
Okidi argued that the teachers should be held accountable under the law due to their repeated absenteeism, adverse influence on students, and overall negligence of their duties.
Following their apprehension, the teachers were taken to Patongo Police Station, and a case was registered under SD 16/17/18/2023. However, ASP Brian Ampaire, the District Police Commander of Agago, disclosed that the teachers were subsequently released after receiving a warning.
Ladere Primary School, which enrolls 620 pupils and is a government-aided institution, exhibited room for improvement in its recent performance in the Primary Leaving Examinations.
Notably, none of the 78 candidates managed to achieve a first-grade result.