The Ministry of Education and Sports introduced the special motivational incentive in 2012, as a measure to eliminate rampant absenteeism of teachers serving in hard-to-reach areas and attract and retain more teachers in such areas. Four years later, however, the initiative has failed to bear fruits in the district. Last month, more than 50 teachers in several primary schools in Ntoroko abandoned the schools, leaving pupils stranded.
Five years later, the initiative has begun to positively touch and change education in Kitgum district. Matthias Ager Kisembo, the head teacher of Kitgum Matidi Primary school, says the move has completely eliminated absenteeism and laziness among his staff.