Timothy Kakuru, the Deputy Head teacher Busoro Primary School, says school inspection has been inconsistent in the school, giving rise to teacher absenteeism. Kakuru wants district authorities to take action against the inspectors, whom he says are earning tax payers money, without performing their required responsibilities.
Parents in Kabarole district are calling for effective inspection of schools to improve education standards. Guidelines from the Education and Sports Ministry indicate that inspectors of schools are expected to ensure quality learning and delivery of education.
They are also supposed to regularly assess schools on whether they are sticking to the guidelines issued by the ministry. According to the Ministry, an inspector also has 40 days of inspection per term. Kabarole has two inspectors of schools in each of the three counties, Fort Portal Municipality, Bunyagabu and Burhaya.
Despite being facilitated to do their work, the inspectors don't visit the schools as expected, which has resulted into high levels of absenteeism among the teachers and pupils, conflicts in schools, under performance and non-completion of the syllabus.
In the 2015/2016 financial year, Kabarole District allocated Shillings 250 Million to the education department for school inspection. Benjamin Mugume, a parent at Karambi Primary School faults the inspectors for laxity.
He explains that teachers, mostly from rural primary schools abscond from duty to attend to private businesses during class hours. Mugume says unless the inspectors do their work, education in the district will continue lagging behind.
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Richard Magezi, a parent at Bukuku Primary School in Bukuku Sub County says that inspectors have looked on as several schools in the area operate under deplorable conditions putting the lives of pupils at risk.
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Timothy Kakuru, the Deputy Head teacher Busoro Primary School, says school inspection has been inconsistent in the school, giving rise to teacher absenteeism.
Kakuru wants district authorities to take action against the inspectors, whom he says are earning tax payers money, without performing their required responsibilities.
David Ruhweza, the acting Inspector of Schools Kabalore District, says despite the allocation of funds, the district has inadequate personnel to over the more than 400 primary and secondary schools there.
According to Ruhweza, they are yet to consult Ministry of Education and Sports if they can recruit an inspector in each sub county to ease work.
The 2014/2015 financial year Auditor General's report noted that the Education Ministry did not carry out adequate inspections of primary schools to ensure quality learning delivery, despite the availability of funds. The report adds that inconsistent visits by inspectors to schools are one of the leading contributors to the high failure rates in primary schools