"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
"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,"
The affected head teachers have started picking their appointment letters from the ministry headquarters in