Teacher Shortage Drains Sembabule Schools

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Learners spend most of their time wandering around the various campuses due to the absence of teaching staff. Gerald Mbuga Kalinzi, the chairman of the Sembabule Secondary Head Teachers Association says that his school has only seven teachers out of an approved staff ceiling of 47 teachers.

Students in government secondary schools in Sembabule district are going without lessons due to an acute shortage of teachers.

The district has six government Secondary schools. They are Mateete Comprehensive S.S, St Charles Lwanga S.S, Lwebitakuli, Lwemiyaga S.S, Sembabule Church of Uganda S.S, St Ann Ntuusi S.S and Kawanga Secondary School. 

However, learners in the schools spend most of their time wandering around due to the absence of teaching staff.  Gerald Mbuga Kalinzi, the Head Teacher of St Charles Lwanga S.S, Lwebitakuli says the problem is affecting the general student performance across the district.

Kalinzi, who also heads the district's Secondary Head Teachers Association says that his school has only seven teachers out of an approved ceiling of 47 teachers yet they cannot afford to pay teachers on a private arrangement.
 
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Students who talked to Uganda Radio Network expressed fear that the situation is putting their education cycle at stake because they cannot complete the syllabus and compete with counterparts in private schools where learning takes place all year round.

Joseph Nyanzi, a Senior-Five student at St Charles Lwanga S.S, Lwebitakuli says that some classes get as little as two lessons a day. Nyanzi is also concerned that besides shortage of teachers, the school is also faced with a general deficiency of equipment and facilities that would complement their study.
 
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Jorum Kamugira, a senior three student at Mateete Comprehensive Secondary School, says the situation is no different there. The school has only 13 teachers on payroll. He says that the few available teachers have resorted to issuing notes through classroom leaders and often fail to find time to make explanations.

Paul Bwana Nantamu, the Sembabule District Education Officer Shifts the blame to the Education Service Commission, a government body responsible for recruiting Secondary School teachers.  Nantamu observes a need to decentralize the recruitment of secondary school teachers to enable districts attend to their respective needs.
 
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In the recently released 2016 Uganda Certificate of Education results, Sembabule district was ranked in the 74th position with only 11 percent of its candidates passing in divisions one and two.