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Teachers Abscond from Duty Due to Failure to Service Loans

At Kyaka Primary school, more than 200 P.5 pupils have gone without lessons for one week. Francis Ainebyoona, the head teacher says that six teachers have not reported for duty for fear of being arrested.
22 Jun 2016 07:11

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Several teachers in Kyegegwa district are absconding from duty due to failure to pay back loans. Primary school teachers receive surety from the Chief Administrative Officer to obtain loans at major banks, money lenders and micro finance institutions. 

Records from the district education department show that more than 100 teachers in the district have running loans. The teachers get loans ranging from 800,000 Shillings to 2 Million Shillings. However, most of the teachers have failed to service their loans forcing them to abscond from duty for fear of being arrested. 

Uganda Radio Network visited some of the schools where some teachers are in hiding from micro-finance officials, which is affecting school operations. At Good Hope Primary School in Hapuyo Sub County, Christine Kakyo, the head teacher says that seven teachers who received loans last year have not taught since the beginning of the term. 

Kakyo says the teachers sign in the attendance book and go away.

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At Kyaka Primary school, more than 200 P.5 pupils have gone without lessons for one week.  Francis Ainebyoona, the head teacher says that six teachers have not reported for duty for fear of being arrested.

He explains that pupils are forced to study in shifts due to the limited number of teachers. Ainebyoona adds that with the poor salaries the teachers earn, most of them are forced to acquire loans to secure other sources of income that will help meet the needs of their families.

Faith Birungi, one of the teachers who has defaulted and absconded from duty, says she opted for the loan because of her meager salary that is far below Shillings 400,000. 

Birungi, a single mother of four says she has failed to honor her loan obligation of Shillings 1.2 million, which she used to pay school fees.  She adds that it will be an embarrassment if bank officials arrest her while at school.

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Herbert Mugabe, a loans officer at Letshego Micro finance in Kyegegwa town council says that some teachers deliberately refuse to service the loans, while others fail as a result of poor remuneration.  He reveals that up to 30 teachers who acquired loans from the institution have failed to pay back.

Christopher Baguma, a parent says the action by the teachers is affecting their children. He explains that children spend most of the time playing instead of studying.

 

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Charles Muhinda, the district inspector of schools says he has instructed head teachers to forward the names of teachers who abscond from duty so that they are scrapped from the payroll.

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