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20 Nakaseke Head teachers Face Demotion Over Poor PLE Results :: Uganda Radionetwork

20 Nakaseke Head teachers Face Demotion Over Poor PLE Results

According to PLE results only 294 pupils passed in division one, 1661 in division two ,938 in division three and 611 in division four. The results also indicate that 715 pupils were ungraded and 166 didnt sit the examinations.
14 Jan 2016 17:11
Pupils of Bugabo Primary Schools in a class .Many of thier classmates had abandoned the lessons and resorted to fishing

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More than 20 head teachers in Nakaseke district are facing demotion due to the poor performance of their pupils in last year's Primary Leaving Examinations. They are Fred Isiko, the head teacher Magoma Orthodoxy primary school, David Nalumonso of Kiruuli P/S, Elly Wasswa of Kapeeka P/S, Edward Lubega of Butikwa P/S, Ramanzan Ssenyonjo of Kyakayonga P/S, John Ssekitoleko of Joshua Zaake P/S and Edward Nsubuga of Kituntu P/S among others.


Trouble for the head teachers stems from the total failure of 715 candidates in the recently released Primary Leaving Examinations.  According to the results, 294 pupils from Nakaseke district passed in division one, 1661 in division two, 938 in division three and 611 in division four. 715 pupils were ungraded while 166 candidates didn\'t sit the examinations. 


Katamba Kayungirizi, the Nakaseke Senior Education Officer says that he will summon the affected head teachers as soon as the first term begins to show cause why they shouldn't be demoted to classroom teachers. He blames the head teachers for chronic absenteeism and incompetence.


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James Makande, the LC 3 Chairperson Kasangombe sub county faults some teachers for abandoning school houses to stay in distant areas, which affects their concentration at the school. He also faults the district inspector of schools for laxity in supervising teachers to ensure they work as expected.


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Lydia Namwanje, a parent at Magoma Orthodoxy Primary school wants the head teacher demoted for alleged incompetence and negligence of duty, which led to the failure of the 14 candidates. Namwanje is among parents whose children failed at the school and are piling pressure on head teacher, Fred Isiko to resign for alleged incompetence.

However, the head teachers have defended their absenteeism from the schools citing lack of accommodation, poor pay and late releases of capitation grants. Edward Nsubuga, the head teacher Kituntu primary school blames the poor performance of his school on lack of staff accommodation. 

According to Nsubuga, teachers from his school stay in distant areas and are unable to complete the syllabus.  


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Kituntu primary school registered 24 failures. John Ssekitoleko, the head teacher Joshua Zaake primary school says they are also frustrated over the failure by District Education department to act on absentee teachers. He also faults parents for failing to provide scholastic materials for their children, which affects the learning rate.

Kizito Ssempaka, the Chairperson Uganda National Teachers\' Union, Nakaseke branch says more than 70 head teachers in the district are demoralized because they have never been confirmed. He asks the district and Ministry of Public Service to confirm them to boost their morale.

Records from Nakaseke district education department show that the number of pupils failing Primary Leaving Examination increases each year. The district has recorded an increase from 358 (14.5%) failures in 2006 to 715 (16.9%) in 2015.


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