Oyam teacher absconds from duty, arrested

By Daniel Ojara

Parents and the local leaders of Ngai Sub-county in Oyam district on Thursday arrested a primary one teacher of Ogwet primary school over alleged abscondment from duty for one month.

Andrew Okello who’s the Ogwet primary school head teacher says Denish Okullu, 45, have not reported for work for over one month.

He says Okullu never asked for official permission to abscond.

According to the head teacher, Okullu shockingly reappeared on the 13, July this year for the school’s Annual General Meeting.

Immediately, he was arrested by parents and local leaders who handed him over to Ngai Police Outpost in Ngai Sub-county.

He has been charged with abuse of office and unlawful leave from work station vide SD REF 07/0607/2018.

Okello also says the teacher’s unethical and unprofessional act led to low turn-up of pupils in the school, especially those in primary one class.

“The enrollment dropped from 827 pupils to 200 within the time he went AWOL,” head teacher added.

Walter Atoo, the Nagai Sub-county LC5 councilor to Oyam district council says they want Okullu to make a written apology to the parents and Chief Administrative Officer [CAO] before he can be pardoned.

“Other teachers who have similar habit should take note because we will also be arrest them. We can’t tolerate any civil servant misusing public office,” Atoo added.

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