The Ministry of Education and Sports has warned of fraudsters that have been calling District Education Officers (DEOs) asking them to identify a reputable firm to manage the funds of private school teachers promised to them by the President.
This was revealed in a letter by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Alex Kakooza on Thursday.
“The Ministry of Education and Sports has learned of a scam where some fraudsters have been calling District Education Officers requesting them to identify a reputable firm to manage private teachers’ funds promised by His Excellency the President,” he said.
Kakooza added that scammers have been misleading DEOs that funds are to be transferred by the said firm whose bank details would be provided to the DEOs.
The fraudsters further requested the DEOs to identify a local contractor who will be an agent of the Ministry in the operation and management of funds.
The scammers, Kakooza said, are specifically using telephone numbers 0414672749, 0414880866 and 0141672727.
“This therefore is to inform all District Education Officers and the general public that the Ministry of Education and Sports disassociates itself from any communication in this regard. No such communication has been formally made to District Education Officers by the Ministry,” Kakooza stated.
To alleviate the economic stress of teachers in private schools caused by the loss of regular income resulting from COVID-19 enforced closure of schools, President Museveni in one of his COVID-19 addresses to the nation offered a grant of 20 billion shillings as a relief fund to support teachers’ SACCOs of private schools.
However, teachers have not yet received the money since the presidential pledge was made a couple of months ago.
Meanwhile, Kakooza on Tuesday this week announced that Government had embarked on the process of releasing 20 billion shillings for private school teachers and beneficiaries are expected to create associations in a week’s time and select 2 representatives among themselves as part of the process.
The names of representatives and the proof that the meeting took place should be sent to DEOs to prepare an inaugural district private school teachers’ meeting.
The new directive is part of the several guidelines issued by Kakooza in a letter to all Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs).