The headteacher of Bukalasi Secondary School, Milton Nandala Wotunya, has been placed on suspension by the Ministry of Education and Sports following allegations of sexual misconduct involving students.
In a letter dated October 24th from the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Sports, Ketty Lamaro, it is claimed that Nandala has been accused of sexually abusing seven female students under his supervision, which violates the education service teachers’ professional code of conduct.
The letter also instructs Nandala to relinquish his position to allow for an investigation to take place. He is required to remain available for any inquiries by the Ministry Rewards and Sanctions Committee and is prohibited from leaving the country without official permission. Additionally, he will receive only half of his salary during this period.
Rev. Canon Tom Masate, the Chairman of the Board of Governors, has confirmed that Nandala has transferred his responsibilities to the Deputy Headteacher, Ruth Kakayi.
Furthermore, a police officer, who wishes to remain anonymous, has indicated that a case of defilement has been reported under reference number SD07/09/07/2023.
This matter was reported to the police by the father of one of the victims, a senior-five student impregnated by Nandala. The police are also looking into reports of threats against the victim’s father from the community.