As the school term has been cut shot due to the country wide COVID-19 mitigation measures, the Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB has halted registration process for candidates who will sit for national examinations this year.
UNEB Chairperson Prof. Mary Okwakol says that the cases of examination malpractice in school were supported by headteachers. “In some schools, scouts were even bribed to allow teachers to give candidates assistance," Okwakol said.
Hajji Buwembo, the head teacher of Kakungulu Memorial School says that they to improvise transport means to pick up the examination papers. "Due to the morning rains there was a lot of traffic jam and many of us had to improvise and use Boda boda to pick out examinations," he said.
Recently, Luweero District Head Teachers’ Association passed a resolution requiring all primary school to acquire identification tags bearing their passport photos, names, parent’s names and place of residence.
Appearing before the committee, Professor Elly Katunguka, the Vice-chancellor Kyambogo University said the major problem leading to sexual harassment is the fact that girls in the University are not adequately supported by their parents, leading them to seek support from men.
Only four schools have substantive deputy head teachers leaving 87 positions vacant. Omona noted that with the 1:59 teacher pupil ratio against the recommended 1:53 ratio, Kitgum needs to recruit at least 104 teachers to enable the district achieve the 1:50 teacher pupil ratio.
Rwakikara says the district has not recruited any teachers or head teachers since 2013 due to lack of funds. He explains that despite writing to the Education and Public Service Ministries about the issue, they havent been helped.
According to the Uganda Violence against Children Survey report, schools were one of the areas where children are abused. The report shows that more than 20 percent of all forms of sexual violence that involve children take place at school.