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Nakaseke Head Teachers Decry Staff Shortage

Milly Kakembo the Headmistress of Maranatha Primary School says that some learners miss lessons over lack of teachers and these end up performing poorly in end of year exams.
David Mulinde Ssenyondwa the Chairperson of Nakaseke Headteachers’ Association and Kizza Emmanuel Kintu the Chairperson of UNATU sensitising pupils on teachers' day ahead of the event on Saturday

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Headteachers in Nakaseke district have decried teacher shortage as the World celebrates Teachers' day on Saturday. 

The World Teachers' Day is marked annually on 5th October with aim of appreciating, evaluating and advocating for improvement of the standards of living for teachers.

This year National theme is “Young Teachers the Future Profession”.  In Nakaseke district, the celebrations will be held at Kiwoko Church of Uganda Primary in Kiwoko town.

As they celebrate the day, the headteachers in Nakaseke have asked the district, Ministry of Public service and Ministry of Education and Sports to address the teacher shortage in the schools. 

There are over 100 missing teachers in 125 governments aided schools in Nakaseke district.

Kizza Emmanuel Kintu the Chairperson of Uganda National Teachers Union, Nakaseke branch says according to education ministry guidelines each P.7 school must have at least a minimum of eight teachers including the headteacher.

Kizza, however, notes that in Nakaseke some schools have four teachers which has affected performance of schools. 

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Milly Kakembo the Headmistress of Maranatha Primary School says that some learners miss lessons over lack of teachers and these end up performing poorly in end of year exams.

Paul Ssewankambo Kaggwa the Headteacher of Kirema Primary School says that in some schools, the few teachers have been assigned more than one class but these can't balance up the work. 

Kaggwa says that some teachers are always overworked due to shortage leaving them exhausted at end of the day.

Deborah Ssekibala the Headteacher of Kikamulo Church of Uganda Primary School says even the available teachers are sometimes demoralized over the poor learning environment.

David Mulinde Ssenyondwa the Chairperson of Nakaseke headteachers’ Association says that as they celebrate the teachers’ day, they want to remind the district and other stakeholders to address the problem of understaffing in schools through recruiting new graduates.

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Disan Lwanga the District Councillor for Kiwoko town says that even when the teachers are available, there at least  27 teachers who were found recently to be chronically and mentally ill hence incapable of teaching.

Lwanga says that unfortunately the process of replacing them is bureaucratic creating more staffing challenges.

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Ignatius Koomu Kiwanuka the LC 5 Chairman of Nakaseke district says that there was staff shortage but attributed it on low wage bill making it difficult to recruit others.

Koomu adds that the 12 most-affected schools were recently handed over to districts by Non-government Organisations after running out of funds.

He says these were submitted to Ministry of Education but they are yet to be coded so that they can access capitation grants, salaries of teachers and other government resources.

He is however hopeful that the government will code them and increase wage bill so that they recruit teachers there.