Pader District Education Department is facing a shortage of
primary school teachers.
The District with 117 primary schools and a population of over 45,000 learners
have only 831 teachers with each school having an average of four to seven
Several of the teachers have raised the concern of the under-staffing in schools
which they say has not been addressed for a long.
Charles Opwonya, the headteacher Laguti Primary School says that the school has
over 800 pupils, but only seven teachers, which has retarded the performance of
schools in the District and appeal for an urgent recruitment of teachers.
At Lajeng Primary School, there are over 600 pupils, with four classroom
teachers. Rosemary Anena, the headteacher of the school says the school
has often failed to complete the syllabus in most classes due to the limited
number of teachers.
At Lawiyadul Primary School in Atanga Sub County, Grace Aceng, the
headteacher says the school with over 750 pupils only has 8 teachers, five of
whom were paid by the parents who did report back to school.
“We could not raise money to pay them and now the situation is
likely to worsen if schools remain closed” Aceng added.
The Laguti Sub County Chairman Robert Okumu however urged the
District to put priority on the educational sector to address the gaps of
staffing level in schools.
//Cue in…” they are understaffed.
Cue out…” the primary school…”
David Komakech Lam, the Pader District Secretary of Education
revealed that the District has earmarked 2 Billion Shillings in the next
financial year for the recruitment of 350 teachers.
However, the District has seen a decline in performances of schools in the
number of candidates passing the Primary Leaving Examination with the first
division dropping from 150 in 2018 to only 23 in 2019.
Joyce Bongomin, the Pader District Education Officer says the recruitment is
expected to begin in July.
Joyce Atime, a mother of 5 children from Larego village in Ajan Sub
County noted that some parents have contracted private teachers to teach
their children which most families cannot afford.
Christine Acayo, a 46-year-old mother from Lawiyadul village in
Atanga Sub County has however noted that many of the parents may not afford
school fees even when the schools are opened again.
Brenda Apiyo, a P.6 pupil at Ongom Primary School in Anga-Gura Sub
County have asked the government to intensify home-based learning.