Anglican School Rejects Head Teacher for Lack of Church Wedding

Kangai High School

A Ugandan head teacher was left tongue-tied after a school he was posted in flipped the script on him with an unwelcomed gesture.

Mr Jacob Lunya was posted to Kangai Secondary School in Dokolo District by the Uganda Ministry of Education and Sports but has been barred from accessing the Anglican-founded school on claims that he does not have a ring on his finger.

On grounds that he is not wedded in church and that he was coming from a less competitive Paroketho Secondary School in Pakwach District, Jacob’s access to the school was restricted, dwindling his prospectives.

“When I reported to the office of the diocesan edution secretary last week, I was told that I cannot head Kangai Secondary School because I am a non-performer, not wed and that I am coming from a small school,” said the teacher over the phone.

Kangai Secondary School has been running without a substantially appointed head teacher for about one year as its former headteacher was transferred to another school. The acting headteacher Mr Janani Okot who is also the deputy head teacher said Mr Lunya was blocked following a meeting with the school authorities.

“I received him in my office after I notified the chairperson board of governors, the diocesan education secretary and the district education officer and we held a meeting. So, after the meeting, the diocesan education secretary made an appointment with him to meet in the diocese but after their engagement, Mr Lunya did not return to school,” he said.

Mr Lunya is currently awaiting a response from after the meeting at the Lango Anglican Diocese headquarters where he was told to go back to the ministry for redeployment.

The chairperson of the Parents Teachers Association of Kangai Secondary School described the decision as discriminatory while a lawyer said the rejected head teacher’s rights have been violated and Lango Diocese should be able to prove that he is a non-performer.

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