Kasese District Head teachers Protest Transfers

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Head teachers in Kasese district have described as unrealistic the constant transfer of teachers from one school to another. Through their association, Primary Schools' Head teachers Association, the head teachers noted that constant transfers are a deterrent to professional development. The teachers noted that the manner in which the transfers are made is questionable. They said that sometimes affected as a form of punishment to some teachers. Such teacher's area transferred to the most difficult and often remote parts of the country. In addition, a survey carried out by the teachers association shows that that female teacher are not transferred and tend to be positioned in urban schools for more than 10 years. Kasese district has 258 Government aided primary Schools, but only three schools have staff Quarters. These are Kasese Primary School, Hima primary School and Katwe Primary School all located in urban centers. Robinson Oguta, the Secretary for Education, says more than 50 primary teachers in Kasese district have over the past one year declined to be transferred from their duty stations. But Douglas Katemba, the district Principal Education officer, has described as unacceptable behavior for teachers to refuse transfers. He noted that his department will go ahead to enforce disciplinary action against any teachers who refuse to take up their new postings. In addition, salaries of such teachers will be withheld until they take up their new posting. Most schools in Bukonzo County don't have female teachers. In such cases, male teachers have been forced to handle roles that would be for women. Such roles include the senior woman role.


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