Qualified Teachers Shun Ntoroko Schools

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Last year, more than 200 teachers were recruited by the District Service Commission, but they refused to honour their appointments, citing poor working conditions such as lack of accommodation and transport to and from the schools.

Senior Four dropouts have taken over teaching as qualified teachers shun schools in Ntoroko district.
 
Last year, more than 200 teachers were recruited by the District Service Commission, but they refused to honour their appointments, citing poor working conditions such as lack of accommodation and transport to and from the schools.  The schools now have to rely on unqualified teachers to remain open and provide education opportunity children.
 
At Itojo Primary School, the school is supposed to have 20 teachers, but it has only four qualified teachers, the others are senior four drop-outs. Wilber Musinguzi, the deputy head teacher, says that 15 teachers were posted to the school in January this year, but none of them has reported. 
 
Musinguzi says that some of the teachers communicated to the school that they can’t work until they are provided with accommodation. He adds that some of the teachers at the school are planning to leave due to high accommodation and transport costs.
 
He says that the school management had no option but temporarily employ S.4 drop outs.
 
//Cue in: “The teachers don’t report…
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At Rwenkuba Primary School, the situation isn’t different from Itojo. The school has only 2 qualified teachers out of 14.  Michael Muhenda, the deputy head teacher, says that the lack of qualified teachers has led to a reduction of pupils from 320 to 200 because the parents have decided to take them to private schools, where there are qualified teachers.
 
Muhenda also says that seven teachers refused to honour their appointments. He says that employing unqualified teachers has affected the performance of the school in last year’s Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE).
 
Doreen Komuhimbo, a parent says that the government should offer incentives like additional pay and decent accommodation to teachers who are posted to remote areas. She says that it’s not right for pupils to be taught qualified teachers because it will affect their performance.
 
Francis Kamara, the Ntoroko district Inspector of Schools, says that of the 400 teachers required in the district only 150 qualified teachers are available and have been deployed, while the others are unqualified.
 
He attributes the poor performance in the district to the lack of qualified teachers and absenteeism.

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.