Dr.Dennis Mugimba, the education ministry spokesperson says that the minister of Education and Sports Mrs Janet Museveni has instructed the authorities in the ministry responsible for the process to stop transfers with immediate effect and allow the education service commission to proceed with the verification exercise as soon as schools reopen.
The ministry of education has decided to halt any transfers of secondary school teachers in all public
learning institutions across the country. The ban is effective this month
pending for the review of the system when schools reopen.
The ministry says the ban is
intended to first streamline some of the gaps that have been identified by some
affected parties by the process through a validation process .
The education ministry cites gaps like some teachers being transferred and not reporting to the new
stations, delays of getting on the payroll, failure to replace some of the
transferred teachers, overstaying in a place for more than seven years and others
staying for a shorter time less than the recommended period of three years.
According to the ministry, a
validation exercise is going to be conducted by the education service
commission immediately after schools reopen.
Dr.Dennis Mugimba, the education
ministry spokesperson says that the minister of education and sports Mrs. Janat
Kataha Museveni has instructed the authorities in the ministry responsible for
the process to stop transfers with immediate effect and allow the education service commission to proceed
with the verification exercise as soon as schools reopen.
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Transfers are mandatory to all
public servants to ensure that people do not overstay in a given place before they are transferred, usually three years, though
many even stay for more than ten years and some less than the recommended three
Mugimba says the education service
commission is expected to follow up on issues of number of contracted teachers in
a given public school, whether the teachers transferred are the ones on the
payroll, and find out how many of these teachers have been in the schools among
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Meanwhile the permanent secretary
for the education service commission Dr, Asuman Lukwago says that as government
prepares for the reopening of schools, it is important to have a head count given
the Covid-19 situation in the country to capture the number of teachers in
public secondary schools as some have decided to abandon the profession despite
government paying them throughout the year.
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Filbert Baguma, the General
Secretary of Uganda National Teachers' Union (UNATU) observes that the exercise
has both positive and negative implications to the sector noting that the
ministry should have adopted addressing the gaps within an active system than
imposing a ban.
He says there are some circumstances
where some teachers might find it difficult to stay in a given environment and
holding them there may result in more dangerous situations hence calling for
Baguma goes ahead to add that the
exercise will be helping to take stock of the teachers who have managed
to come back and also get to inform the replacement numbers for those who may
fail to report back when schools reopen.
‘’I cannot say this is a bad step
but it calls for flexibility in order to cater for the teachers who may find
it difficult to stay in a certain working environment due to several reasons
that may require immediate transfer and may include among others issues of health and personal security,‘’ says Baguma.