THE head teacher of Soroti Secondary School, Patrick Attan, has retired from active service.
Attan has served as the head teacher of the school since 1992 after succeeding Meslam Olupot.
Teachers, students and parents shed tears as Attan gave his last speech as the school head teacher.
He is expected to hand over office today.
â€œI donâ€™t know where to start from. Whenever I had a problem such as lack of school fees for my child, I would go to his office and the problem would be solved,â€ said Teresa Agama, a parent.
Attan is a man of the people who treats everyone with respect irrespective of their education, tribe or religious background, she said.
Rose Achom, a tailor, said Attan gave her the job of sewing studentsâ€™ uniforms without giving him a bribe.
â€œMy prayer is that whoever takes over will follow his footsteps of being a good father to all,â€ Achom added.
Joseph Okello, a teacher, commended Attan for his various developmental projects in the school.
He said Attan was trustworthy, intelligent and dependable.
â€œHe constructed staff houses, improved on the wellbeing of his staff and expanded the school,â€ Okello said.
Faith Agwang, a Senior Three student, said Attan had been a good and loving father to all of them.
â€œHe treated everyone equally,â€ she said.
The parents, teachers and students were speaking at Attanâ€™s farewell function.
The occasion was also attended by old students, civic and political leaders and the Soroti clergy.
Accompanied by his wife Pauline, Attan was ushered into the school by teachers and students who sung songs of praise to him.
They also presented to him various gifts, which included a new Ipsum car.
Soroti SS head retires