Education authorities Ntungamo district have changed the transfer policy of teachers. According to Fred Bahati, the District Inspector of Schools says that a section of teachers have been pushing for midterm transfers which has been affecting the learning of pupils.
Bahati says that effective this year, transfers will be conducted only during the holidays to avoid inconveniences of the pupils. He also says that frequent transfer of teachers creates shortage of teachers.
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Ntungamo District LC5 Chairperson Denis Singahache says that the district wants to address all challenges that lead to poor performance and asked the parents to support their children.
He says that parents must desist from leaving their children to fend for themselves, which he says has seen many children drop out of school.
Grace Turyomunsi, the Vice Chairperson for Uganda National Teacher's Union –Ntungamo branch says that the change in policy is highly welcome. He says that the midterm and midyear transfers affect the pupils and the teachers.
He says that the parents should also move in and always work with the teachers to ensure that they are comfortable working with them so that they do not push for transfers when it is not the right time.
A teacher who spoke on condition of anonymity revealed that the decision is unfair for some teachers who would want to be transferred due to the challenges they face work places.