Teachers of different schools in the area argue that the poor working conditions have discouraged them from executing their duties. They want the government to either improvise boats to transport teachers and pupils within the islands or construct teachers’ quarters.
Lack of transport at Dolwe Islands in Namayingo District is affecting
Teachers of different schools in the area argue that the poor
working conditions have discouraged them from executing their duties. They want
the government to either improvise boats to transport teachers and pupils
within the islands or construct teachers’ quarters.
Winnie Nabwire, a teacher at Dolwe Island Primary School, says that she stays
in Sigulu Island, and the boat takes three hours to arrive the school.
“It is impossible for our pupils in the islands to perform like
their counterparts on the mainland because we take a lot of time travelling and
arrive late in class, and in this, learners are cheated on lesson time and much
of the syllabus is not covered,” Nabwire says.
Hellen Nanparati, a teacher at goodwill junior school says that transportation
system is worsened by the ever-changing weather patterns.
“Most of the pupils in our school hail from Golofa Island, and
there is only one 20 seater boat to ferry both teachers and over the 250 pupils
within the entire school. When it rains heavily, classes are cancelled,” she
John Ngabo, a teacher at Hama island primary school says that the
school has an enrolment of 400 pupils with four teachers. He says that their
pleas for more teachers have fallen on deaf ears.
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Emmanuel Mungeni, the Deputy Headteacher Hama, says that the few
teachers who are transferred in the islands abandon their duties due to poor
Mungeni adds that the government should construct a ferry route
for Dolwe Island to enable transportation of teachers from the mainland.
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Namayingo District Education Officer, Kawo Nayi Kawere says that
islands have challenges within the education sector, and budget allocated to
the department is insufficient to solve them at ago.
He, however, calls upon stakeholders mainly teachers, and parents to ensure
improvement of the education sector using the available resources.