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Transferred Hoima Teachers Reject New Duty Stations

Some of the teachers were transferred for overstaying at their work stations, poor performance and frosty working relations with the School Management Committees among others. However, the teachers have rejected the transfers, saying they are not convenient.

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More than 60 teachers transferred in Hoima district have refused to report to their new duty stations. The affected teachers are part of 618 others transferred in February this year in a bid to spur performance.  Some of the teachers were transferred for overstaying at their work stations, poor performance and frosty working relations with the School Management Committees among others. However, the teachers have rejected the transfers, saying they are not convenient.

 

Some of the teachers argue that the schools where they have been posted are far away from their families yet they have already paid rent near their former schools. The teachers say they are not ready to report to their new duty station despite the fact that District Education Authorities have denied them a chance to appeal against the transfers.

 

Stuart Behebwa, a teacher at Kiraira Primary school in Kitoba Sub County, says he has established a number of crucial projects at his former school where he has stayed for long.

 

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Damian Byaruhanga, who was transferred from Buhirigi primary school in Kigorobya Sub County to Kabale primary school in Kabale Sub County, says the District Education department should address some of the challenges that prompt teachers to shun schools where they are posted. 

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Harriet Kihumuro, the Senior Education Officer Hoima District, says during the transfer they considered a number of key factors including distance, health status and age of the teachers.

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Anthony Lukwago, the Hoima Chief Administrative Officer-CAO, says the transfers are normal and not intended to persecute the teachers. He says the transfers are meant to improve the Service Delivery in the Education sector.  

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Godfrey Sserwanja, the Hoima District Education Officer-DEO, says they will look into the teacher’s concerns and see what they can be done for them. He however, says the transfers cannot easily be reversed. 

The Education Ministry and Districts usually make annual transfer of teachers to improve efficiency, management and performance of schools.      

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