Kasese Teachers Shun Teachers Day Celebrations

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While hundreds of teachers turned up in droves to observe the world teachers day on Monday, their counterparts in Kasese were in a somber mood instead mourning the failures and weaknesses that have rocked the teaching profession in Uganda. Teachers in Kasese noted that there was no need to celebrate a day that in Kasese was characterized by criticism against the teachers. Contrary to their expectations, some teachers were taken aback when speaker after speaker chose to criticize the teacher's weaknesses. James Mwesigye, the resident district commissioner was particularly tough on teachers who defile their pupils. He said that his office has this year alone recorded 20 cases of defilement involving teachers. Mwesigye also expressed concern at the laxity by teachers in some schools. He noted that several students have taken advantage of the laxity to loiter in the towns lodges. He says the rate at which the female students are escaping from school is alarmingly high. Early this year, 10 students of Kasese secondary school were suspended from school after they were caught red handed with men in Chocolate Club in Kasese town Council. But some teachers took the opportunity to re-iterate their concerns. They were particularly unhappy about poor government policies. They argued that some policies being implemented in the teacher development and management compromise the quality of education. Margaret Namubiru Rwabushaija , National Chairperson of Uganda National Teachers Association-UNATU- says inadequacies in the management of teachers' welfare in terms of salaries and retirement has had a huge toll on the quality of education given to the pupils. World Teachers' Day underlines the importance of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. The recommendation lays down the guidelines on issues such as training and employment conditions for teachers.


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