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Kabale Pupil, Teacher Absenteeism Blamed on Laxity of Stakeholders

Grace Munyambabazi, the Kabale Municipal Inspector of Schools, says religious leaders like parish priests and sheikhs who are mandated to supervise and monitor the progress of primary schools under them have ignored their responsibility.

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Education authorities in Kabale district are blaming the high rates of absenteeism among primary school teachers and their pupils on the laxity of stake holders at the low levels. 

Absenteeism among teachers and pupils is largely blamed for the drop in the educational standards in the district. According to UWEZO Uganda sixth learning assessment report for 2016, 15 percent of teachers and 27 percent of the pupils were absent in the schools visited in Kabale during the assessment.

The UWEZO learning assessment report also ranked Kabale district in the 20th position out of 112 districts across the country at the time when the survey was carried out.

 

 

The Education authorities blame the mess on Parents Teacher's Associations-PTA Chairpersons, Board of Governors foundation bodies. 

Grace Munyambabazi, the Kabale Municipal Inspector of Schools, says religious leaders like parish priests and sheikhs who are mandated to supervise and monitor the progress of primary schools under them have ignored their responsibility.

 

Munyambabazi also wonders why the Chairpersons of PTA and Board of Governors spend years without visiting schools to monitor the attendance of teachers and pupils. He says most of them have left the burden to government officials.

 

 

  

According to Munyambabazi, due to lack of involvement by stakeholders at lower levels, both the municipality and district are finding a challenge to address pupil absenteeism.

 

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Catherine Kyomugisha, the Kabale District Education, Health, Social services, Sports and Technology Committee Secretary, says the education department has failed to punish teachers who spend their time in bars due to lack of substantial evidence from the heads of foundation bodies and other stakeholders at lower levels.

 

 

She also says they have failed to enforce their directive to ensure that each school produces a candidate in division each academic year after realizing that some parents and other stakeholders contribute to the poor performance.

 

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Derrick Kugumisiriza, the Programs Officer at Kick Corruption out of Uganda-KICK U, says unless the absenteeism among teachers and pupils is fought seriously, the dream of improving education standards in Kabale district will not be achieved.

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