Moroto High School, one of the schools implementing Universal Secondary Education (USE), is afacing an acute shortage of science teachers.
Peter Luzige, The Headmaster, Moroto High School, was posted to the region two months ago, but says the lack of science teachers is his biggest drawback.
In Particular, the school has no chemistry and physics teachers, despite the fact that government is emphasizing the teaching of sciences.
The Headmaster says most of the teachers posted to Karamoja region end turning down the offers, for fear of the tough working conditions in the region.
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Karamoja is the only region,in Uganda,with boarding schools implementing the universal secondary education.
Moroto High school, a mixed boarding school has more than 1,050 students coming from Mbale, Arua and Karamoja region.
But the presence of girls is visibly minimal due to the cultural practices that limit Girl's potential to access education.
The school is also running a fragile budget. Government allocates only 41,000 per student, per term.
The headmaster says that the school has been forced to charge between 70,000 and 130,000 shillings to raise money for the feeding fund.
But collecting money for food has not been easy either because of the prolonged drought. Most parents cannot afford to raise money for food because they have nothing to sell.
Luzige, who is braving the conditions in Moroto, says that Karamoja's development is entirely dependant on collective efforts.
He argues that civil servants should not shun the region, but rather come together and work for the region's development.
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