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Government to investigate primary teachers

By Vision Reporter

Added 29th June 2003 03:00 AM

GOVERNMENT has launched investigations into cases of primary school Head teachers who expel academically weak Primary Seven candidates from their schools to avoid failures during the final examinations

By Stephen Ssenkaaba

GOVERNMENT has launched investigations into cases of primary school Head teachers who expel academically weak Primary Seven candidates from their schools to avoid failures during the final examinations.

This was revealed on June 20 by, Namirembe Bitamazire, the Minister of State for Primary Education, while commissioning new classroom blocks at St. Mary’s Primary School, Luwala in Kamengo, Mpigi District.

The newly refurbished classrooms were constructed by MTN Uganda under the company’s Initiative Supporting Education (ISE) programme.

“We have learnt that many primary schools send away their weak candidates at the time of registration for the final examinations for fear that these students’ poor performance will affect the schools’ reputation,” she said.

She said many times the poor performance of students in schools is as a result of poor teaching methods, which many teachers never admit.

“If you have failed to teach students, why do you send them away.

The ministry has been presented with names of schools involved in this practice and the investigations are going on to find the culprits,” she angrily added,” with anger.

Bitamazire who was chief guest at the function advised parents to take advantage of Universal Primary Education (UPE) programme by sending all their school going children to school.

“31% of the national recurrent budget is allocated to education, 61% of this, goes to primary education and particularly UPE, therefore we want you to send more and more children in UPE schools, she said.

She lashed out at parents, especially in rural areas who instead of encouraging their children to go to school, send them to markets and the lake to fish.

“The Government will not tolerate this. You will have only yourselves to blame for their failure in life,” she said.

Speaking at the same function Capt. Francis Babu, the Patron of St. Mary’s Primary School and Member of Parliament for Kampala Central, thanked MTN for leading the private sector in promotion of education in the country, calling upon parents to maintain the new buildings.

Bitamazire handed over a fully connected MTN mobile phone to Matthew Auk Ekisa, the headteacher of the school, and a set of books on UPE Policy objectives, goals and guidelines to Philip Besimire, the MTN Public Relations Officer, in appreciation of the work they have done.

St Mary’s Primary School is one of four schools that have benefited from MTN’s ISE programme, which started four years back.

Other schools assisted by MTN’s ISE include Kagamba Secondary School in Ntungamo, Modern Vocational Institute in Apac and Gulu Primary School.

Government to investigate primary teachers

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