Government through the ministry of
education has embarked on registering teachers from private schools and
institutions for future planning for the sector.
According to Ismael Mulindwa, the
director basic and secondary education in the ministry said they have been lacking data for teachers of
private learning institutions which has been making it hard for it to plan for
the sector accordingly.
Mulindwa says that under this
arrangement the ministry of education with support from Global Partnership for education,
KIX project will collect data of all teachers under the private schools,
noting that now they can only be sure of data from the government learning
institutions. He justifies that the ministry has
been struggling to get statistics and other relevant information.
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Mulindwa explains that the exercise
will be managed at district level by the District Education Officers (DEO),
working together with the inspectors of schools to help the school heads to
fill an eclectic template which can only be submitted by the DEO.
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However, Mulindwa clarifies that the
registration should not be mistaken to be in preparation forCOVID-19 relief response.
This follows a misinterpretation
from some teachers in Wakiso who thought the registration is intended to support
the teachers with COVID-19 relief as a sector that has been affected hard.
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Mulindwa calls for collaboration of
the stakeholders into the exercise that started on July 5th and will be ending July 15th, 2021. This comes at a time when schools
are being locked for the second time due to the fear of spreading COVID-19
among the school going population.
According to Mulindwa, it has always
been hard for the government to come up with correct statistics of private
school teachers whenever it is required in planning, like for the vaccination process,
trainings, number of teachers in subject line among other issues.
Mulindwa says this will also help in
following up on the teachers from the private institutions of learning that
might opt not to come back after the lockdown.
Meanwhile the District Education
Officer (DEO), Wakiso district Fredrick Kiyinji Kinobe says the process is too
slow. He explains that the teachers
were interpreting the registration to be targeting them for support which he
said affected the process when they learnt that the intention was just to
‘’I think we shall need to ask for
an extension of the deadline from the July 15 2021 due to the delays being
caused by excuses like lack of access to internet and other issues that
affect the submissions,’’ says Kiyinji.