This has been done as a way of focusing on improving teacher quality and performance in the country and also to improve the overall school environment
Deputy Principal Outreach Shimoni Core Primary Teachers college Humphey Okello, Principle Education officer Ministry of Education Wilber Wanyama, coordinating center Tutor Lugazi Stephan Kahwa and the principal Shimoni Core Primary Teachers college Beatrice Byakutaga during the handover of the motorcycles Photos by Godiver Asege
The Ministry of Education and sports has handed over 19 motorbikes to Shimoni Core Primary Teachers' College.
This according to Humphrey Okello the institute's Deputy Principle, is a project under the Ministry of Education and Sports in partnership with the World Bank.
Okello said that the motorbikes have been given to the Coordinating Centre Tutors to enable them carry out their activities quite smoothly as transport has always been one major obstacle in fulfilling their obligations.
"This has been done as a way of focusing on improving teacher quality and performance in the country and also to improve the overall school environment," Okello said.
Okello also cautioned the tutors on the use of their newly acquired motorbikes stating that they should only be used when carrying out official duties and anyone found using the bike for other business other than official work will face a penalty and also run a risk losing it.
Wilber Wanyama, a principal Education Officer at the Ministry of Education, notified the tutors that some World Bank officials will be expected to visit the institution on a date they did not reveal, to ascertain the use of the motorbikes, that is to know whether they reached the right beneficiaries and also if they are put to their right use.
"The bikes as you can see are very unique and they could be the right target for thieves if you do not take good care of them. They should also be regularly serviced for maintenance," Wanyama cautioned.
Wanyama also said that the government of Uganda as part of her strategies to improve teacher and ultimately pupil quality in primary schools decided to give motorbikes to the tutors in the field as a way of supporting teachers in their work hence there should not be any more excuses for poor performance in primary schools since the main obstacle which was transport has been tackled.
Wanyama revealed that Shimoni has received the greatest percentage of the motorbikes out the 100 bikes that were released by the ministry to the different teacher training colleges.
"You are actually a bit lucky because other colleges got less than 10, some got between two to five motor bikes. I think you got the majority," Wanyama said.
By handing over the motorcycles to the tutors, a lot is expected from them most especially producing better results for the nation in order to improve the quality of primary education and performance in the country.
The Shimoni Primary Teachers College was relocated from Kampala city centre nine years ago in 2007 and reconstructed on a new site in Kitikifumba village, Kira town council.
The college which was initially located on a small piece of land now sits on a 25 acre piece of land. It is a government founded teachers training institute that shared the same space with Shimoni Primary School which was also relocated to upper Kololo in Kampala.