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MPs tour schools in Northern UgandaPublish Date: Dec 03, 2013
MPs tour schools in Northern Uganda
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MP Latif Ssebaggala in a class helping out pupils

By Patrick Jaramogi

Members of Parliament from the Parliamentary Forum on quality Education have toured schools in Northern Uganda to assess their performances.

A head teacher in a primary school in Oyam district faced it rough when he faced a barrel of questions from Members of Parliament from the Parliamentary Forum on quality Education.

The MPs headed by Serere Woman MP and forum vice chairperson Alice Alaso made an impromptu visit to Acanpii Primary School in Oyam Sub County, Oyam district over the weekend.

The legislators who are on a fact finding mission on the quality of primary schools across the country discovered anomalies in the school’s administration.

They put to task Bob Nelson Okullo, the head teacher to explain why the classrooms were filled with cow, goat and chicken dung. “The classrooms are very dirty, there is cow-dung everywhere, latrine is in a bad state. What type of head teacher are you?” asked Alaso.

She observed that the library was a small room that also worked as a store for firewood, water and food.

“The word library is about reading books and not about firewood and sweet potatoes.  You have no library but a store mixed with firewood and potatoes. We cannot accept your defence. Get the potatoes out immediately,” ordered Alaso.

Latif Sebaggala (Kawempe North) said it was unfortunate that the only “best” classroom was turned into a kitchen. “You don’t have enough classrooms. You turned the only room with windows into a kitchen, this is unacceptable,” he said.

Anne Auru (Moyo) noted that most teachers had no lesson plans. “How do you supervise your teachers when they don’t even scheme and prepare lesson plans?” asked Auru.

Atiku Bernard (Ayivu MP) noted that out of the 16 teachers, only four were present. “How do you explain this?” asked Atiku.
Elizabeth Mutumba the acting Commissioner Basic Education said the findings from the schools visited in northern Uganda was very alarming.

The MPs who were touring the schools in northern Uganda under the Learning Agenda Platform implemented by the Uganda National NGO Forum promised to make recommendations to the ministry of Education and the district leaders as well district education officers of Oyam, Lira, Gulu, Dokolo, Amolatar, Kole and Apac regarding their findings.

“We shall make recommendations after our visit and task the relevant authorities to check on the irregularities,” said Alaso.


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