THE Arua district education officer (DEO) has criticised teachers in the district over the poor performance of students, saying they are not worth the respect they are given.
â€œThe value of teachers is indicated by what is implanted into students, but these teachers are just drunkards. Teachers of our time deserved respect because they were worth the material,â€ Nicholas Tembo said.
He condemned the lack of zeal and ethics among the teachers, blaming them for the poor standards of schools. Tembo said the teachers wasted much of their time doing unproductive activities instead of planning lessons.
â€œToday students read magazines, while teachers go to drink malwa in the evening,â€ he said. Tembo made the remarks while closing a conference for the Uganda National Studentsâ€™ Union delegates at Arua Christ the King Conference Hall on Saturday.
The conference, which elected new union leaders, was attended by head prefects and union patrons from secondary schools in Arua. Tembo asked the student leaders to provide leadership that can be infused into the mainstream administration of the schools.
He said the failure by student leaders to inform head teachers and school staff about the grievances of students leads to the strikes in schools.
John Afimani of St. Josephâ€™s College Ombaci, who was elected as the new union president, pledged to devote efforts towards preventing strikes.
He also promised to promote dialogue between students and teachers. Bernard Atiku, a councillor and the foreign affairs secretary for the FDC party youth league in Arua district, advised the students to use the union to develop leadership skills.
â€œBe good negotiators and avoid coercion. Inspire and cause commitment among students,â€ he said. Atiku urged the students to always condemn indiscipline, saying it leads to the destruction of schools.
Arua teachers not worth the respect, says education officer