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Poor Transport Worries Namayingo Teachers

Teachers of different schools in the area argue that the poor working conditions have discouraged them from executing their duties. They want the government to either improvise boats to transport teachers and pupils within the islands or construct teachers’ quarters.
12 Jun 2019 14:50

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Lack of transport at Dolwe Islands in Namayingo District is affecting education.

Teachers of different schools in the area argue that the poor working conditions have discouraged them from executing their duties. They want the government to either improvise boats to transport teachers and pupils within the islands or construct teachers’ quarters. 

Winnie Nabwire, a teacher at Dolwe Island Primary School, says that she stays in Sigulu Island, and the boat takes three hours to arrive the school.

“It is impossible for our pupils in the islands to perform like their counterparts on the mainland because we take a lot of time travelling and arrive late in class, and in this, learners are cheated on lesson time and much of the syllabus is not covered,” Nabwire says.

Hellen Nanparati, a teacher at goodwill junior school says that transportation system is worsened by the ever-changing weather patterns.

“Most of the pupils in our school hail from Golofa Island, and there is only one 20 seater boat to ferry both teachers and over the 250 pupils within the entire school. When it rains heavily, classes are cancelled,” she says.

John Ngabo, a teacher at Hama island primary school says that the school has an enrolment of 400 pupils with four teachers. He says that their pleas for more teachers have fallen on deaf ears.

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Emmanuel Mungeni, the Deputy Headteacher Hama, says that the few teachers who are transferred in the islands abandon their duties due to poor transport system.

Mungeni adds that the government should construct a ferry route for Dolwe Island to enable transportation of teachers from the mainland. 

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Namayingo District Education Officer, Kawo Nayi Kawere says that islands have challenges within the education sector, and budget allocated to the department is insufficient to solve them at ago.

He, however, calls upon stakeholders mainly teachers, and parents to ensure improvement of the education sector using the available resources.