Luweero District Halts Teacher Transfers

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The district education department had announced the transfers on January 16, 2017 in a move they said was aimed at improving performance of schools across the district and affected teachers were directed to report to new stations in preparation for the school term which started on Monday.

The office of the Chief Administrative Officer in Luweero district has halted the transfer of 250 head teachers and classroom teachers citing irregularities.

The district education department had announced the transfers on January 16, 2017 in a move they said was aimed at improving performance of schools across the district. The affected teachers were directed to report to new stations this week as the new school term opened. They however did not have transfer letters, even at the time of relocating.

However as they move to new stations, the District Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Christopher Oketayot James has issued a letter halting the transfers until further notice.

In his letter dated February 7, 2017, Oketayot said that he has received several complaints indicating that the exercise was grossly mishandled. The letter however didn't divulge details of the complaints but Oketayot said the transfers have been halted until all complaints have been addressed.

In a subsequent interview, Oketayot explained that head teachers and teachers had accused the district education officials of witch hunt, the basis of which they were transferred without any justifiable reason.

Oketayot adds the transfers may also affect the ongoing process of capturing data for the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System, a new initiative aimed at eliminating ghost teachers.

Luweero District Secretary for Education Zenar Nasur backed the CAO's decision to halt the exercise and accused the department officials of not consulting the Education committee for input. Zenar adds that lack of transparency has raised suspicion on the process.

Florence Bbosa, the Luweero District Education Officer declined to comment on the development.

But a section of head teachers and teachers cried foul over inconveniences caused by the suspension of transfers.

Some head teachers who talked to URN on condition of anonymity said that they had already moved their families and properties to new work stations. But Oketayot said those who had already moved erred since they did not have transfer letters confirming the move.

Others  however welcomed the move saying the Education department officials ought to be investigated for the irregularities and biased transfers be rescinded.

In 2014, the Office of Chief Administrative Officer halted the transfer of 74 teachers in Luweero after complaints emerged that Education department had exercised bias and favoritism in transfers.

It was alleged that some teachers asked for favors' and were being tipped for schools in urban areas and with high population whereas others have not been moved again despite spending decades in the same schools. But the Chief Administrative cited bureaucracy at accessing payroll as reason why decided to halt the exercise.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.