Lucy Okot Akello, the Head-teacher of Pope Paul VI Secondary School, Anaka says they have enrolled 150 Senior One students who are currently faced by lack of teachers for the optional subjects like Kiswahili and Chinse languages as well as Physical Education.
Schools in Nwoya District are struggling to
implement the revised lower secondary curriculum due to lack of teachers for
some subjects; inadequate and late delivery of learning materials
The implementation of the new curriculum that was developed
by Ministry of Education and Sports through the National Curriculum Development
Center – NCDC started on February 17 this year amid controversies.
But a number of schools have delayed to roll out the programme
due to late delivery of learning materials. The problem of teachers for Kiswahili
and Chinese languages as well as Physical Education remains eminent.
Lucy Okot Akello, the Head-teacher of Pope Paul VI
Secondary School, Anaka says they have enrolled 150 Senior One students who are
currently faced by lack of teachers for the optional subjects like Kiswahili and Chinese languages as well as Physical Education.
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Hilder Rose Lakor, the Head teacher of Alero Secondary
School with an enrollment of 73 students and her counterpart Lucy Acaa Oburutoo
of Purongo Seed Secondary School have both relayed the same challenges in their
Patricia Aciro, an English Teacher in Anaka
Intensive Secondary School in Anaka Town Council disclosed that implementation
of the curriculum has been well embraced though the implementation dragged due
to late delivery of the text books.
Another teacher, Andrew Lagony, a teacher of Got
Apwoyo Seed Secondary School says they haven’t rolled out the new curriculum to
their learners because the school has not yet been coded by the Education Ministry.
Whereas all government aided and privately
owned schools are expected to roll out the new curriculum in equal measures,
five private schools in the district have not yet been able to get the learning
But Christopher Opoka, the Chairperson of Senior Secondary Schools’ Association of
Head-teachers in Acholi sub-region says they are engaging the Ministry
through NCDC to supply text books to private schools free of charge.
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According to the revised curriculum all
schools are obliged to offer 12 subjects at Senior One and Senior Two, out of
which 11 are compulsory and only one is optional. Meanwhile Senior Three and Four
will exist with a minimum of eight subjects and a maximum of nine compulsory
Also, classroom teaching has been reduced to five
hours a day and lessons will start at 8:30 am and ending at 2:50pm which allows
learners to engage in more research, games and sports and have time for
revision for at least two hours while school day ends at 4:30pm.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.