By Conan Businge
The Ministry of Education has ordered over 1,400 teachers and head teachers, who have been transferred, to move to their new stations immediately or face penalties.
“The transfer instructions were released on December 10 and all affected individuals must move with immediate effect,” Francis Agula, the acting commissioner for secondary education, told New Vision.
“Whoever does not move to the new station risks being penalised. In case a head teacher or deputy rejects the transfer, the school management should reject all his/her work and decisions, but also immediately report to us,” Agula added.
A total of 1,320 teachers, 108 head teachers as well as 28 deputies have been transferred across the country. This is one of the measures being taken by the education ministry to improve the quality of education, which has been under criticism.
The ministry says there is a high level of absenteeism and complacency in several schools, factors which have gradually been eating down the quality of education.
“The transfers have been done to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our teachers and head teachers in all schools all over the country,” Agula explained.
However, some transfers have been to reward teachers and head teachers who have diligently done their work. A source said most of the transferred teachers had worked at the same schools for over eight years.
Some teachers from wellperforming schools have been posted to low-grade schools to help those schools improve. Some deputy head teachers, including Immaculate Anego, Geoffrey Nduga, Abur Omara, Rev. William Oryema and Michael Womulibu, have been promoted from deputies to positions of head teachers, and transferred.
Agula observed that teachers had earlier not been equally distributed in schools all over the country. “In some cases, some schools had more than the required subject teachers on the payroll, yet in other schools there were inadequate or no teachers for some subjects,” Agula explained.
According to the Public Service regulations, head teachers and teachers can apply for transfer or the ministry can carry out the transfer unconditionally.