More than 700 teachers
from over 150 secondary schools have stormed out of the ongoing training on the
revised curriculum at Sacred Heart Secondary School in Gulu Municipality over
The teachers were drawn from Gulu Kitgum, Agago, Lamwo, Pader, Nwoya, Omoro and
Amuru district for training on the new secondary school curriculum.
the teachers stormed out of the training on Tuesday afternoon citing the incommensurate
transport refund and out-of-pocket allowance.
According to the
organisers, the participants are entitled to a transport allowance of Shillings
30,000 irrespective of the distance and an upkeep of 25,000 for the six days’ training
that commenced on February 2nd, 2020.
Andrew Lagony, a teacher from Got Apwoyo Seed Secondary School in Purongo
Sub-County in Nwoya District disclosed that they have disagreed over the meager
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Langa Akena, another disgruntled teacher from Kitgum disclosed that the feeding
has been appalling for the few days, saying the Education and Sports Ministry rushed
to conduct the orientation without adequate preparations.
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Josephine Candia from Kitgum Town College reasons that it appears the Ministry
and National Curriculum Development Centre – NCDC are inconsiderate about the
teachers’ welfare yet they are key in rolling out the new curriculum.
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Bernard Janja, a Curriculum Development Specialist from the National Curriculum
Development Center-NCDC refuted the accusations, saying the teachers haven’t lodged
any complaints regarding their welfare and reimbursements.
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NCDC officials were still screening the teachers by the time of publishing this
story, claiming the number had surpassed the 750 teachers expected.
According to the revised new curriculum that has 21 subjects, a teacher is
simply meant to be the facilitator of learning, which indicates that learners
are expected to contribute to their learning with guidance.
Both government schools and privately owned are expected to offer 12 subjects
in Senior One and Two, out of which 11 are compulsory and only one is optional.
Senior Three and Four
will exist with a minimum of eight subjects and a maximum of nine, seven of
them compulsory. Also, classroom teaching has been reduced to five hours a day
with lessons starting at 8:30am and ending at 2:50pm.
This will allow
learners to engage in more research, games and sports so as to have time for
revision for at least two hours. The school day ends at 4:30pm.