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Parents Threaten to Close Understaffed Gov’t Schools in Rakai

Byakabanda Parish chairperson Eliab Kiggundu Ssango said that none of the two government secondary schools has a single qualified science teacher despite the subjects being compulsory. As a result, he says, the Sub County is posting poor results in National Examinations, with no candidate qualifying to even join Primary Teachers Colleges.
Eliab Kigundu Ssango, the Byakabanda Parish chairperson, making his submission during the district Baraza. He threatens to mobilise parents close a government school to protest shortage of Teachers

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Parents in Byakabanda Sub County, Rakai district have threatened to close three government schools in the area that they say are operating with acute staffing gaps, denying their children quality education. 

The schools are Katererero Secondary and Kateerero Primary located in Kyandaza Parish, and Sserinya Senior Secondary school. The matter dominated a public meeting (Barraza) held at Byakabanda sub-county headquarters. The meeting was presided over the Minister in Charge of General Duties Mary Karooro Okurut.

The residents accused Rakai district leaders of deliberately ignoring their outcry on the lack of teachers in the three schools. They argued that although the schools serve the entire Sub County, the government has been reluctant to deploy teaching staff, a development which compromises the quality of education in the area.

Byakabanda Parish chairperson Eliab Kiggundu Ssango said that none of the two government secondary schools has a single qualified science teacher despite the subjects being compulsory. As a result, he says, the Sub County is posting poor results in National Examinations, with no candidate qualifying to even join Primary Teachers Colleges.

//Cue in; “e ggombolola eno……  

Cue out …. yesemba tugaggala.’’// 

Jane Nantongo, the Byakabanda Sub County Speaker says they have repeatedly forwarded the concern to the district leadership but they failed to attract the desired response. According to Nantongo, the few available private schools in the area are distant and unaffordable. 

Julius Musaamya, the Byakabanda Sub County councillor observes that the chronic shortage of teachers is frustrating the government’s Universal Education program in the area. He says that the community has contributed resources towards hiring private teachers to attend to their learners but this has also not been sustainable.   

//Cue in; “tuyina okusomoozebwa….  

Cue out …..ga government.”// 

Rakai District Education Officer John Baptist Kimbowa acknowledges the understaffing of teachers as a crossing-cutting problem in the entire district. He, however, adds that the matter has been forwarded to the government with a request to increase the district’s wage bill to enable them to recruit enough teachers.   

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Cue out….can be solved.//”   

Luganda //Cue in; “ekigambo kino…..  

Cue out; …..kikyali kinene.”// 

Records at the Rakai District Education Department indicate the districts performs at 33 percent and 96 per cent staffing levels in secondary and primary school levels respectively.