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Elite High School Prom: Extravagance Sparks Debate and Ministry Attention

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  • Among the highlights was the arrival of a helicopter, which gracefully touched down on the school grounds amidst a light drizzle, adding to the spectacle.
  • The weekend saw a flurry of activity on various social media platforms as short videos surfaced of students from Elite High School arriving in style for their prom.


The weekend saw a flurry of activity on various social media platforms as short videos surfaced of students from Elite High School arriving in style for their prom. Among the highlights was the arrival of a helicopter, which gracefully touched down on the school grounds amidst a light drizzle, adding to the spectacle.

Addressing the attention drawn to the event, Mr. Lawrence Onyango, the head teacher of Elite High School, dismissed any need for a ministry probe, arguing that such prom parties are commonplace and sponsored by parents for their children’s enjoyment. He emphasized that if his school were to be investigated, then the scrutiny should extend to all schools across the country that host similar events.

Regarding the extravagant arrivals, Mr. Onyango clarified that the vehicles, including the helicopter, were provided by parents attending the party with their children. This explanation aimed to dispel any notion of impropriety surrounding the event.

Despite Mr. Onyango’s reassurances, officials from the Education Ministry, including Mr. Ismail Mulindwa, Director for Basic and Secondary Education, expressed intentions to investigate the matter further. Additionally, Mr. John Chrysostom Muyingo, the State Minister for Higher Education, voiced his astonishment at the ostentatious display, especially considering the economic challenges faced by many households in the country.

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Mr. Onyango revealed that while most students had begun their first term holidays, the candidates remained at the school to attend the prom before resuming their studies. He also noted that the lack of personal vehicles did not hinder the majority of candidates, as transportation in luxury cars was optional and not mandatory.

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