Three teachers of Kasaala Church of Uganda Primary School in Luweero are facing dismissal for chronic absenteeism and neglect of duty.
The teachers are Sarah Tumusime, Robert Tenywa and Scovia Gayita. They are class teachers for primary two, six and seven respectively.
In a petition signed by more than 70 parents of the school to Luweero Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Paul Lubowa and the deputy Chief Administrative Officer (CEO) James Christopher Okeyatok, parents demand for their dismissal for absenteeism.
The lead petitioner Justine Kivumbi says that according to duty roster, in last term, the three teachers missed 28 working days each. Kivumbi says that on the days they did show up, they would arrive after late and leave early.
Kivumbi says that at the start of the third term, the three teachers have already missed 5 days each without apology.
Another parent Livingstone Kyeyune says due to absenteeism, the performance of the pupils in Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) has continued to decline because they fail to complete the syllabuses in stipulated time.
Kyeyune claims that in last two years, the school has not registered a first or second grade and absenteeism of teachers is largely to blame.
Another parent Margaret Kitayimbwa says that because of the poor performance and lack of attention by the teachers, many parents have withdrawn their children and opted to transfer them to distant schools where they can receive a better education.
Kitayimbwa notes that in last two years the school population has dwindled from 600 pupils to 220.
Kitayimbwa accuses the headmistress Margaret Nakaggwa and Luweero district Education Officer Florence Bbosa of failing to penalize the teachers despite parents repeated complaints.
Kitayimbwa says that they thus resolved to petition CAO and RDC to either sack the teachers or penalize them.
The accused teachers declined to comment on the allegations but the headmistress Margaret Nakaggwa confirmed parents’ complaints.
Nakaggwa claims that she referred the matter to office of Luweero district Education Florence Bbosa who issued a stern warning to the teachers. However, the teachers did not change.
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The Luweero Deputy Chief Administrative Officer James Christopher Oketayot says that he has summoned the teachers to show cause why they are absenting themselves from duty and if they fail, they will be sacked.
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Early this year the office of Luweero Chief Administrative Officer issued a final warning to more than 50 workers, including teachers, to desist from absenteeism or else be dismissed. He also introduced registers which are signed before 8:30 am and withdrawn to deter late comers from signing.