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Vocational Institute Fears Losing Instructors After Covid Eye Opener

The principal notes that management is less worried about inadequate teaching equipment than than their capacity to retain their staff, who have realised that remaining in the teaching job is not a matter of life and death.

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The impending opening of educational institutions finds Vocational training school managers in deep concern over chances of getting back all their staff instructors. It transpires that many teachers have had their eyes opened to other economic opportunities that are better paying than their teaching jobs during the covid-19 lockdown. 

The principal of Lugogo Vocational Training Institute, Mwesigwa George Shilingi  says that after the long period in a lock down, those instructors who were sent home without pay no longer see teaching as the only means of survival."We cannot count on their returning to work," Mwesigya says.

Mwesigwa says apart from the government-paid staff members that have continued to receive their pay throughout the lock down, the instructors who are paid under the Board of governors arrangement have certainly had a change of mindset regarding teaching as a their source of livelihood.

He that some of them have found better paying activities, making it difficult to bring them back to the profession.

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Mwesigwa says these instructors are most likely to return on their own terms and conditions and the institutions might have no option but to agree on their set terms.

 

He notes that management is less worried about inadequate teaching equipment than their capacity to retain their staff, after the realisation that remaining in the teaching job is not a matter of life and death.

Mwesigwa also points out that the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures and in particular the social distancing, will not be easy to implement, given the limited equipment that has to be shared.

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He also doesn't rule out the possibility of both instructors and some students opting to change schools  to relocate due to the institutions nearest to their homes as a result of the Covid-19 disruption.

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Meanwhile the Director of Light Vocational School Bulenga Mbuga Kiberu says that the social distancing measure is a myth to them due to the way they operate that requires sharing of equipment.

Kiberu notes that there is no way they can manage training without practicals and yet they have no capacity to allocate each trainee his or her own equipment during the sessions.

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Kiberu says the field of vocational training has a challenges of getting competent instructors and this makes them to fear to lose those that are already available to other jobs that might be more.

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