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Transferred Head Teachers Question Timing

"The transfers are good but they should have taken place earlier. We have families to plan for. It is not easy to pack an entire family to move to a new location,"Kirabo said.
Some head teachers have complained about the timing of the recent transfers. The Education and Sports Ministry announced the transfer of 167 head teachers and their deputies on Monday this week. Some of the head teachers transferred include Godfrey Waiswa, who was moved from Iganga Parents School to Kira College Butiiki.     

Bernard Omeda was moved from Nabumali High School to Bugobero High School in Manafwa district while Daniel Douglas Kauma from Kira College Butiiki was moved to Nabumali High School. Others are Phillip Okidi who moved from Comboni College in Lira to Pope Paul Memorial Anaka Secondary School and John Charles Bua from Akiibua Comprehensive Secondary School in Alebtong to Comboni College.     

Dorothy Kitabo, the Deputy Head teacher of City High School who was moved to Gayaza High School, says they are likely to take long to settle in their new duty stations owning to the late transfers. "The transfers are good but they should have taken place earlier. We have families to plan for. It is not easy to pack an entire family to move to a new location,"Kirabo said.  

Godfrey Waiswa, who was moved from Iganga Parents School to Kira College Butiiki declined to comment, saying this appointment isn’t yet official. “I haven’t picked supporting documents from Ministry of education," Waiswa said. Daniel Douglas Kauma, who heads to Nabumali High School from Kira College, says transfers are part and parcel of public service. He says he hopes the transfer will be the beginning of a new era for him.

"I didn't request for the transfer but I am a public servant and have to be ready to go wherever I am posted,"Kauma said. Adding that,” I have served in many places and I hope that I will be able to take my experience to Nabumali.”      

Filbert Baguma, the General Secretary Uganda National Teacher’s Union, says the timing of the transfers is going to be a challenge for teachers who didn’t request for them. "The teachers who applied for transfers are prepared. But the ones who didn't will not be ready. It is two weeks to the start of the school term and those teachers will not be ready. The time that they have given them is not enough," Baguma said.

According to Baguma, the transfers should have been made at the end of the previous school term. "They should have released these lists earlier on. We have been in a long two month holiday and that time would have been enough for them to get ready for the transfers and the new school term," Baguma explained.  

Alex Kakooza, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education, says the transfers should be taken in good faith. “Some of these transfers were requested for. They are not new. They have known about them. Transfers take place. We have ordered the schools to give the affected teachers all the assistance that they need to make this process smooth for them," Kakooza said.

  The affected head teachers have started picking their appointment letters from the ministry headquarters in Kampala.  

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