Prof. Pen-Mogi’s Mbuya College School closes operations over loan debt.
Written by Derrick Asaba on December 8, 2021
The school leadership of Mbuya College School have officially announced that the school will not be in position to open in January 2022 as schools hope to reopen countrywide.
This comes after reports of a number of schools continuing to announce their closure in different parts of the country.
The information was made known in a letter addressed to the Head teacher, all the school staff and workers dated December 1, 2021. The letters were however given to individuals on Monday this week.
The School Director, Prof. Nyeko Pen-Mogi noted that the closure of schools countrywide caused financial losses which unfortunately never spared the school in question.
“The school borrowed money from the bank and has so far failed to service the loan. The loan has attracted interest which we believe opening school in January will not be possible considering that the number of students will be low,” Pen-Mogi said in a notice.
“We are anticipating that opening the school will put more pressure on the Directors and management of the school. The Directors have therefore decided to close the school for now,” he added.
Pen-Mogi asked the Head teacher and staff to handover the school properties which would together be handed in with the Handover reports to the Bursar.
On student academic concerns, he directed that the UNEB examination slips and certificates had to be detailed in writing and would equally be handled by the Bursar.
Information revealed by an insider shows that the school was about to close a year ago but the (then) Head teacher, Ms Irene Nahabi shouldered its continued operations.
According to Brian Iswarra, who has been a Mathematics and Physics teacher for S.1-S.6 for six years teaching Mathematics and Physics in Ordinary and Advanced levels respectively, this is the time to move on.
“The closure of the school affects me both financially and professionally because it is not easy to find another school in such a situation. I will strive to find another job for survival and diversifying the profession since its calamities seem to be endless,” Iswarra said.
“The signs appeared last year when the reopening of the school was mainly engineered by the Head teacher with support from 85% of the teaching staff. Plus, the institution was unable to financially support the staff,” he added.
Mbuya College School started in 2007 by Prof. Pen-Mogi who is the former Vice Chancellor of Gulu University (2012-2018). He has been the Chairman of Uganda’s National Environment Management Authority since 2013 and the Chairperson of the 18-person Uganda National Council for Higher Education since 2012.
The school is located in Mbuya-Kinawataka, Nakawa East Division, Kampala and employs around 30 teaching and non-teaching staff.