Luweero Transfers 40 Head Teachers

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Godfrey Kuruhiira, the CAO says that the transfers were normal and intended at streamlining service delivery as well as ensuring compliance to public service standing orders.

The Chief Administrative Officer Luweero has transferred 40 head teachers and 523 teachers in a move aimed at improving the performance of schools.

The affected headteachers and teachers have been directed to report to their new stations as the new school term opens.

Godfrey Kuruhiira, the CAO says that the transfers were normal and intended at streamlining service delivery as well as ensuring compliance to public service standing orders.

He explained that some teachers had overstayed at work station for more than ten years which is against public standing orders which allows them to serve in a specific school for not more than five years.

Kuruhiira also says that overstaying of teachers were partly to blame for poor performance of some schools.
Kuruhiira explained that the foundation bodies were consulted on transfer of head teachers and their interests were considered before the changes were made to ensure there is harmony.

However a section of teachers, local leaders and parents are unhappy over the transfers.

Some teachers say the exercise was marred with irregularities which include bribery and bias against some teachers.

A teacher who preferred anonymity says that some head teachers bribed education officers to affect transfers against teachers whom they don't disagree with at schools.

Others accuse the district officials of not consulting them before effecting transfers.

Zenar Nasur Luweero District Secretary for Education says that the teachers have been given short notice to move to new stations and this may affect their output in first term.

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Ssonko Kisekwa a member of District Education committee says some teachers had worked at stations for close for 17 years something that was irregular.

Kisekwa, however, admits that while scrutinizing the list, they found that some teachers who had worked in a particular school less than four years had been transferred and those above ten years retained.

Kisekwa says the cases were recorded and forwarded to CAO's office who promised to rectify the errors in phase two of the transfers.

At Tongo primary School, parents led by Joseph Mutaasa are also bitter after three teachers were transferred and no replacements were made.

But Kuruhiira says that some replacements were not made in selected schools after learning that the enrollments were low compared to others.

Kuruhiira, however, says that other irregularities will be corrected in phase two if they are brought to his attention.

He, however, warned teachers from politicizing the transfers saying these are orders and those who fail to report as directed will lose the jobs.  

There are approximately 2,085 teachers working in government schools in Luweero. There are 384 schools in Luweero, 157 Nursery Schools and 76 Secondary Schools.

In July, Kuruhiira also transferred more than 70 civil servants in local governments. The transfers however triggered anxiety among staff in local governments. 

Some were bitter that they have transferred to distant areas far away from their homes, which is costly while others have lost "juicy" positions.

Backed by District LCV Chairman Ronald Ndawula, the CAO refused to rescind any transfer despite the uproar.


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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.