Nakasongola Teachers Struggle To Teach Luruuli Language

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James Wandira, the Nakasongola District LC 5 Chairperson, says parents are also yet to appreciate the thematic curriculum.

Teachers in Nakasongola district are struggling to teach learners in the native language, Luruuli due to lack of skills and instructional materials. In 2012, Nakasongola district rolled out the teaching of Luruuli in schools as part of the thematic curriculum.

The thematic curriculum was introduced by the Education, Science Technology and Sports Ministry to enable the pupils in lower classes to learn to read, write and understand easily. However, Sam Mbangire, the Nakasongola District Education Officer, says teaching pupils in Luruuli is a toll order due to lack of instructional materials and competent teachers in the language.

Mbangire says the National Curriculum Development Center-NCDC has so far managed to translate and approve readable books for Luruuli language from primary four to six. According to Mbangure, the district has no single readable or textbook for learners from primary one to three.

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Robinah Namusisi, the head teacher of Kitalaganya Primary school explains that teachers are still finding a problem to translate instructional material from English to Luruuli because they are not native speakers.

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So far only 30 teachers in Nakasongola have been trained and can  teach  in Luruuli language. James Wandira, the Nakasongola District LC 5 Chairperson, James Wandira says parents are also yet to appreciate the thematic curriculum.
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The district officials and teachers have appealed to NCDC and Ministry of Education, Science Technology and Sports to develop and donate textbooks to bridge the gap. According to the 2013 UWEZO Scorecard, about 66.8 pupils in P.3-P.7 in Nakasongola are unable to read and comprehend an English story or do a division story.
Ministry of Education believes that teaching pupils in lower classes in their mother tongue can help pupils comprehend English stories in upper classes. Isabaruuli Mwogezi Butamanya, the Cultural leader of Buruului, says he has written a book about the history of Baruuli culture, which will help other writers to develop reader materials.
He also discloses that World Vision, a non-government organisation has accepted to train more teachers on how to develop instructional materials in Luruuli language, something that will further its development. 

In Luweero district, several schools have also suspended teaching pupils in Luganda following threats by some parents to withdraw their children, saying the move retards the comprehension and performance of pupils in Primary Leaving Examinations. 

Others have also shunned Luganda books donated by the Education Ministry and opted those of examinable subjects.


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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.