At least 70 primary school teachers in Rukungiri are to be struck off the government payroll this year due to the staff ceiling policy on the number of pupils in government schools.
The district education officer, Ernest Baraibusya says the pupil- teacher ratio in Rukungiri district stands at one teacher to 39 pupils (1:39) as opposed to government policy of each teacher having 50 pupils in a class.
Baraibusya revealed this on Thursday at All Saints Church Rukungiri, while meeting head teachers of the government aided schools in the district.
He asked head teachers to make monthly reports on their teachers to be submitted together with monthly returns so that he could easily get 70 teachers to be laid off as directed by the ministry.
Rukungiri district has 162 government-aided schools with a total enrollment of 61369 pupils. Of these, 31186 are girls and 30183 are boys.
Baraibusya warned head teachers that they risk losing their jobs if pupils keep dropping out of schools. Most pupils get out of public schools to join private schools, which the DEO said is the reason the enrolment is decreasing every day. He urged head teachers to produce better grades than the private schools adding that government schools have all the necessities to make pupils excel.
Baraibusya called on teachers to avoid using pupils who come on the first day of the term to clean the classrooms and compound as if it is a punishment for reporting early for studies.
The senior district education officer, William Semakula warned the head teachers against delaying to make accountabilities for UPE funds.
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