Steven Kakeeto, the Masaka City Principal Education Officer, indicates that they are apparently grappling with huge staffing gaps in government primary schools, a situation that is compromising consistency and quality of learning.
Mary Babirye Kabanda, the Chairperson of the Proprietors of the Private Secondary Schools in in Masaka indicates that the majority of them do not have the required instructional materials for the new curriculum hence remaining stuck with its implementation.
Professor Mary Okwokol, the NHCE Executive Director, indicates that the council has considered the University application and established that it had finally fulfilled the institutional preconditions for chartering.
Fiona Nakimera, a counselor at TASO Masaka center says the concern of stigma in schools coupled with the negative attitude of teachers has consistently featured prominently during their engagement with HIV-positive students, which threatens their adherence to drugs.
Fr Ssendege observed the need to revise the current teaching materials right from primary schools by introducing environment conservation practices that specially targets the children whose future is largely reliant on nature.
Gorreti Ndagire, the head teacher of Nyendo Public School, says that the school is understaffed by six teachers, despite the recently registered increase in the learners’ enrollment as parents transfer children from private to government schools due to a lack of fees.
Jannat Nakawunde, the Deputy Headteacher in Charge of Academics at Hill Public School Bwala in Masaka Town, says they are receiving an unusually high number of parents seeking vacancies for their children citing the high fees in private schools they were previously attending.
Despite admitting students and conducting lessons in the different academic disciplines, the centres were operated without authorization of the National Council for Higher Education-NCHE; a statutory body responsible for overseeing universities and other tertiary institutions' education in the country.
Alupo expressed concern that the student strikes don't only cause infrastructural damages but also soil the reputation of the affected and impede the government's broader objective of developing the education sector.
Bishop Katumba’s advice comes over a week after primary and Arts teachers in secondary schools laid down their tools demanding enhancements of their salaries. Besides the teachers, health professionals, lecturers, and nonteaching staff in public universities have also repeatedly gone on strike to demand a pay rise.
The secondary science teachers in government schools, under the umbrella body of Uganda Professional Science Teachers’ Union-UPSTU, have commenced their industrial action demanding enhancements of their salaries.