Fagil Mandy Asks Government to Fire Errant Teachers

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Fagil Mandy, a renowned educationist warns that Uganda will not attain the Millennium Development goal number 2 unless government sacks incompetent teachers. Millennium Development Goal number two urges countries to ensure that by 2015 all children must be able to complete primary education. While, speaking as a guest at launch of the annual learning assessment report 2010 by Uwezo Uganda, Fagil Mandy said despite the fact that several reports have been written about head teachers and teachers absconding from duty nothing has been done. The 86 page report titled "Are our children learning?" is a result of an assessment of Uganda's primary education on the ability to read, add, subtract, multiply and divide. Mandy, a former chief inspector of schools accused government of tolerating none performers saying its time government acts. //Cue in: "The problem... Cue out: ...department."// Sounding disappointed, Mandy questioned why teachers and head teachers who do not teach continue to draw a salary. He also urged government to re-define education to include what children learn in class, home and the community. The assessment revealed that 85percent of all children sampled in primary seven in the 27 districts couldn't solve at least two numerical sums of primary two correctly. About three quarters of all primary seven pupils sampled countrywide could read and understand a 'story' text of primary two. The report also dispels earlier perceptions that pupils in private schools were performing better than their counterparts in the UPE program. While giving the highlights of the report the Country Coordinator, Uwezo Uganda, Richard Sewakiryanga observed that what is important are not those who passed the test but those who were unable to pass. Sewakiryanga called for a joint effort between government and the parents in the education of children to ensure there is qualitative and quantitative learning. Jeroen Verheul, the Netherlands Ambassador to Uganda, who represented a consortium of donors who fund the education sector observed that every year 1.5million children enroll for primary one. Of these only 500,000 children register to sit for their Primary Leaving Examination but actually only 300,000 pass in Division One and Division Three and qualify to join secondary education. The Director of Education, Yusuf Nsubuga urged Uwezo Uganda to use their capacity to collect information to ensure that change takes place among parents and learners.


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