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Report: Teachers Abandon Classes To Go Fishing

In the report it is revealed that 30% of the UPE teachers absentee themselves from the schools in the district each term. Mwirima cited an example of Ahamukungu Primary School located in a fishing village on Lake George in Kasese district, where a head teacher reported at this school at the beginning of the term and reported back at the end of the term.
Rwenzori consortium for civic competence—RWECO, a group of five NGOs operating in the seven districts of Rwenzori Region have released a report on the performance of universal primary education in the two districts of Kasese and Bundibugyo.

The report which highlights major short falls in the operation of the programme was on Friday released by the RWECO coordinator, James Mwirima in Bwera town council, Kasese district.

In the report it is revealed that 30% of the UPE teachers absentee themselves from the schools in the district each term. Mwirima cited an example of Ahamukungu Primary School located in a fishing village on Lake George in Kasese district, where a head teacher reported at this school at the beginning of the term and reported back at the end of the term.

He also adds that at Katwe Primary School near Lake Katwe, teachers own fishing boats and report at this school at 8:00am and at 900am they all go back to the lake to supervise or even participate in fishing activities. The report adds that some pupils also abandon classes and follow their teachers.

Mwirima adds that some teachers in the two districts hire mercenaries to teach on their behalf and after share the salary.

In Bundibugyo, the report notes that some teachers in private schools are on government payroll of Bundibugyo district local government. Mwirima says that this comes about after officials in the district education office connive with proprietors to share the money.

The report goes on to reveal that in Nyahuka town council in Bundibugyo district, one educationist staked 100,000= for every pupil that gets grade one at primary seven but for the last three years none of the pupils in the town council has attained grade one.

The report further says the 1600 shillings per child that the government releases every term comes at the end of every term whereby it cannot serve its purpose.

RWECO is funded by the European Union to the tune of 3 billion for a three year period.

The project is aimed at empowering communities to demand accountability from the government on the programmes it does to eradicate poverty from their households and communities.

Kasese district education officer George Baija told URN reporter on phone that he was not aware of the report and challenged to name the teachers who are involved in fishing at Katwe primary school.

Efforts to reach the district education officer for Bundibigyo, Esau Nshabirwe were futile as his official mobile phone was off on Friday.

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