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Govt Drops School Grading System

Government has dropped school grading system for all primary and secondary schools across the country. In a directive issued to the education ministry on 6th May 2014, the ministry of financed had noted that since 1997 when the last grading was done, there had been no review and this had affected the salary structure and access to payroll by many teachers and head teachers.
Government has dropped school grading system for all primary and secondary schools across the country.

 

This follows a meeting between finance, education and public service ministries. In a directive issued to the education ministry on 6th May 2014, the ministry of financed had noted that since 1997 when the last grading was done, there had been no review and this had affected the salary structure and access to payroll by many teachers and head teachers. The letter signed by Keith Muhakanizi, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, said despite so many schools meeting the parameters to be upgraded to the 1st grade schools, they still find themselves in second and even third grade category.

 

The letter recommended that all primary school head teachers be graded under U4-Lower scale while deputy primary head teachers be graded under U5-Upper. All secondary school head teachers should be classified as U1E and deputy head teachers as U2.

 

The education ministry was also directed to provide an analysis of financial implication of grading all schools at the same level, issue circular to all primary and post primary schools that are supposed to have deputies and those that are not supposed to have in 2014/2015 fiscal year.

 

On the staff ceiling, the ministry is also directed not to issue staff ceiling at the district and municipal levels, but the ceiling should be issued to school levels. The directive says the staff ceiling must be originated from school level based on the enrolment.

 

Based on the above directive, the Ministry of Education and Sports also issued another directive to all Chief Administrative Officers and Town Clerks about teacher recruitment and verification of the head teachers and deputy head teachers. In a letter dated 20th May 2014, Dr. Yusuf Nsubuga, the Director of Basic and Secondary Education at the ministry stated that there would be collection of school data and verification exercise for head teachers and deputies by the end of May 2014. Among the issues handled would be verification for head teachers and deputy head teachers’ qualifications and the individual school enrolments.

 

All the above information should have been presented to the finance ministry before passing of 2014/15 budget.

It has however now been confirmed that the public service ministry has now categorized all the head teachers in primary school under U4-Lower and deputies under U5-Upper. Secondary head teachers are now in category of U1E and deputy head teachers in U2-Lower. Under the new system, a primary school head teacher in U4-Lower will earn 799,323 shillings monthly. It places entry point for a head teacher at 611,984 shillings monthly, while a deputy head teacher in U5-Upper gets 608,822 shillings per month and the entry scale for a deputy in primary school is 511,617. A classroom teacher will earn 467,685 shillings monthly, while a secondary school head teacher under U1E will earn 1,690,781 and the entry point is 1,624,934 shillings.

 

The circular dated 23rd June 2014 signed by Adah Muwanga, the Acting Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Public Service, says all the changes are expected to take place from 1st July 2014. She says all the detailed decisions and guidelines for the implementation of the changes will be issued by the permanent secretary ministry of education and sports.

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