The authorities in Pader District detained the head of Oweka Primary School after two female candidates, who completed their Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE), went missing. The girls, who had taken their exams at a different center due to their school lacking a center number, did not return to the school or their homes. Concerned parents reported the disappearance, leading to the arrest of the head teacher, who is now in police custody.
Parents expressed distress, stating that while most candidates returned after the exams, the two missing girls were unaccounted for. The head teacher claimed the candidates likely strayed on their way home after the exams but denied any negligence.
In response to the incident, the Officer-in-charge of Pader Central Police Station confirmed an inquiry into the case. The District Education Officer intervened after parents protested, demanding the head teacher’s transfer. The school, with an enrollment of over 600 learners, is government-aided.
During a meeting, parents raised concerns about teachers neglecting their duties, impacting students’ performance. The head teacher defended his actions, attributing the girls’ disappearance to a possible misunderstanding after the exams. The district’s secretary for Education called for an audit of the school’s operations, holding the school management committee responsible for not reporting such issues.
In light of the situation, the District Education Officer acknowledged the concerns raised and pledged immediate action. She criticized the head teacher for failing to fulfill requirements despite receiving substantial funds, emphasizing the need for accountability in the school’s management.