Ahead of the education institutions re-opening for candidates and finalists while celebrating independence, Fagil Mandy, a renown educationist has advised that for teachers to be independent socially and economically, they should continue with small businesses that bring in more income but also teacher in schools.
Two top renowned educationist have weighed in on the situation of teachers in the covid era, and advised the teachers in Uganda to embrace entrepreneurship at the same time as they continue imparting knowledge.
Ahead of the education
institutions re-opening for candidates and finalists while, the retired national examinations chief and also former schools inspector Fagil Mandy has said that for teachers
to be independent socially and economically, they should continue with small
businesses that bring in more income but also help keep teacher in schools.
Mandy says that the lessons they have learnt in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and other future disasters
should be backed by teaching knowledge which the teachers have but also entrepreneur
skills for earning them ore money. Moreover, Mandy says, they can and should teach these entrepreneurial skills acquired through experience to their learners in schools.
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Fagil Mandy says he has
been under quarantine for six months, including all other teachers but remained
looking after his farms, hotels and writing literature.
The commemoration of
the World Teachers' Day for this year which came in the same week as Uganda marked its 58th Independencde Anniversay, had the theme "Teachers' Leading in Crisis,
Re-imagining the Future."
Prof. Waswa Balunywa, the
Principal for Makerere University Business School (MUBS) says the teachers have
to be emancipated financial to keep on running their businesses as well as
teaching in order to realize a meaningful independence in Uganda.
He says that even reducing
taxes from 30% to 20% among people like teachers is not enough - they should
be given money directly for heir small enterprises.
Prof. Balunywa, says that
this will make psychologically stable teachers, economically emancipated and
dedicated to work and impart knowledge to pupils and students.
At least 1.2 million final year students are resuming studies this month after close to seven months at home. Their teachers, close to 500,000 mostly private across the country have not earned regular incomes and were not in class to teach, which may affect their delivery in class.