The three-day training that was supposed to commence on Wednesday was organized by the district education to orient headteachers of all government-aided primary and secondary schools ahead of the school reopening slated for January next year.
Headteachers in Agago District are protesting a 100,000 Shillings charge they are
supposed to pay to attend a training by the education department.
training that was supposed to commence on Wednesday was organized by the
district education to orient headteachers of all government-aided primary and
secondary schools ahead of the school reopening slated for January next year.
according to the invitation letters each school head was required to attend the
training and also make a contribution of 100,000 Shillings towards facilitating
One of the headteachers who spoke to Uganda Radio
Network on condition of anonymity says they are being compelled to make the
contribution from their personal savings.
the source, no actual financial pool has been reserved for the activity since
they are under an obligation not to withdraw any funds from the school capitation
grants accounts until schools are officially opened next year.
that on top of the 100,000 shillings, they were also supposed to cater for
their transport allowance, meals, and accommodation among others.
Another headteacher also alleges that the act is not only illegal but also a corrupt
tendency since the facilitators of the training are civil servants who are paid
on a monthly basis and are soliciting money in an irregular way.
According to the source, Agago has 111 government-aided primary schools and 11
which translates that the trainers would have collected 12.2 Million Shillings from
the unsuspecting headteachers.
The source says
most teachers are facing hardships due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the festive
season which has affected their earnings.
District Education Officer Esther Aryemo says that she is not aware. She says
that the move could have been initiated by a section of insubordinate staff
without her approval. According to Aryemo, its true Centre Coordinating
Tutors and inspectors of schools were inducted by officials from the Education
and Sports ministry on preparations of the school opening which they would
later impart to the school heads.
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The District Secretary for Education Anna Apio
equally says they were not aware why the headteachers were being forced
to make contributions. She adds that they resolved to call off the training
while their grievances are being resolved.
that the allegations will be investigated and those found guilty will face punitive
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is part of an initiative by the Ministry of Education and Sports that has
embarked on a countrywide orientation of education department and institutional
administrators as a precursor to prepare some teachers ahead of the reopening
of the schools.
Some of the
disciplines earmarked for the training include, understanding COVID-19, teacher
wellbeing, curriculum implementation, and managing lost learning, implementing
hybrid learning strategies, building a supportive learning environment, and the
role of teachers as pedagogical leaders in the context of the new normal.
The District Education Officer, Inspectors of
Schools, and all Center Coordinating Tutors were last week trained by officials
of the Ministry of Education and Sports and they were expected to induct headteachers who would subsequently replicate the lessons learned to their