Teachers, Students Shun Ntoroko Seed Schools

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The schools include Ibaale, Rukoki and Rwebisengo. At Rukoki Secondary School, there is a fully equipped library, adequate classroom blocks and sanitary facilities. The facilities were constructed by the government last year but there are 79 students and only five teachers. Rachael Masika, the head teacher says that the school has the capacity of enrolling more than 1,000 students.

Teachers and students have shunned three seed schools in Ntoroko district despite the fact that they have all the facilities. 

Seed schools were established by the Government in various sub-counties in an effort to create more learning space for Universal Secondary Education-USE students countrywide.  The schools are supposed to be model schools with all the necessary teaching facilities, and a minimum of 30 teachers. 

However according to records from the district education not more than 400 students are enrolled in the seed schools. The statistics are in contract to the enrollment in non-seed schools which have more than 700 students.  

The schools include Ibaale, Rukoki and Rwebisengo. At Rukoki Secondary School, there is a fully equipped library, adequate classroom blocks and sanitary facilities.

The facilities were constructed by the government last year but there are 79 students and only five teachers. 

Rachael Masika, the head teacher says that the school has the capacity of enrolling more than 1,000 students. 

Masika explains that the low turn up of students and teachers is a result of the location of the school and the poor road network in the area. She says that there is only one access road to the school, the rest of the area neighbouring the school is surrounded by Semuliki Game Reserve, making it difficult for members of the community to access it.

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Masika also says that 17 teachers who were posted to the school last year refused to honour their appointment. She says that the school lacks teachers for Mathematics, Physics and Agriculture.

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At Ibaale Secondary School, Bob Mwesige, the head teacher says that the school is supposed to have more than 700 students, but there are only 289. He says that coupled with low enrollment there are eight teachers.  Mwesige notes that low enrollment of the students and teachers affects the operations of the school, since they receive inadequate capitation grant from the ministry.

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Ruth Muhindo, a parent at Rwebisengo Secondary School is worried students may not pass their mock examinations due to lack of teachers. Muhindo, who is also the chairperson of the Parents and Teachers Association (PTA), wants the district education department to popularise the school so that the facilities aren't left to go to waste. 

Tom Manyindo, the Ntoroko district education officer, says that the education department is encouraging parents to take their children to the seed schools. He also says that they have written to the Ministry of Education and Sports to pay teachers in the area hardship allowances. 

The thirty percent allowance was introduced in 2010 to motivate teachers who work in hard-to-reach areas. 

 

About the author

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.