TOP
Sunday,August 18,2019 05:40 AM
  • Home
  • News
  • Second term opens to low turn up

Second term opens to low turn up

By Nelson Kiva, Hannington Mutabazi, Moses Bikala, Olandason Wanyama

Added 28th May 2019 10:28 AM

The school administrators blamed the low turn up of learners to the late call off of the teachers’ industrial action on Sunday night.

Backtoschool4 703x422

Students of Kibuli Secondary School studying on Monday 27 May 2019. Photos by Karim Ssozi.

The school administrators blamed the low turn up of learners to the late call off of the teachers’ industrial action on Sunday night.

EDUCATION

The school calendar of the second academic term kicked off Monday at a low pace in most schools countrywide.


In most schools visited by the New Vision, the turn up of pupils and students on the first day was low.

While in Kampala, most teachers reported on their duty stations and were teaching, it was the opposite upcountry.

The school administrators blamed the low turn up of learners to the late call off of the teachers’ industrial action on Sunday night.

The teachers laid down their tools on Monday, accusing the Government of failing to honor its commitment in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) signed in June 2017 that stipulated salary enhancement schedule.

The Uganda Teachers’ Union (UNATU), under their umbrella association, until Sunday discouraged parents from sending their children to school insisting teachers will not be there to receive them.

UNATU leaders on Sunday met President Yoweri Museveni and called off the strike after the Government committed that it will look for additional funds to enhance their pay within the next two months.

The teachers initially wanted the Government to allocate sh500b for their wage bill in this financial year, but the Government earmarked sh49bn. The Government has promised to look for the balance of sh202b in a coming couple of months.

tudents going  to school as the new term opens on onday Students going to school as the new term opens on Monday

 
At Nakivubo Primary School in Kampala, out of the school’s total enrolment of 1,314 pupils, only 120 pupils reported for classes.

The deputy head teacher Felistus Kirumira Nakito, said although it has been a culture for some learners not to report at school on the first day, this time around, the number was too low.

“We expect the big turn up tomorrow (Tuesday). Most of the parents thought the teachers’ strike was still on,” she said.

At Police Children School Kibuli, the school head teacher Swaibu Kawooya said the term had kicked off normally with very low turn up.

In the P.7 class of 69 candidates, only 24 were present.  

At Kololo High School, the school registered a more impressive number than the other schools with over 2000 students already at school out of the 3000 students.

In Bugiri district, Baker Kasada, the district education officer (DEO) appealed to parents to send their children back to school following a very low turn up of both learners and teachers in schools.

He visited Kasokoso Primary School, Bukyanye, Budama and Nakalama Primary School. At Bukyanye, Kasada he found only one teacher of P.1 at school.

In Kabong and Moroto districts, the situation was not much different according to the education authorities.

UNATU has, however, reminded the teachers to report back to school after the suspension of the industrial action.

enior four students sitting for a test at ololo igh chool in ampala Senior four students sitting for a test at Kololo High School in Kampala

 
According to UNATU the deputy secretary general Philp Duluga Buni, they have communicated to all teachers to return to their duty stations through their regional structures in various parts of the country.

“In our communication, we were very clear asking all teachers to report back to school with immediate effect,” he said

Aggrey Kibenge, the undersecretary Ministry of Education and Sports said the ministry had issued notice directing all teachers and school administrators to report back to school.

 hildren of akivubo rimary chool assemble as the second term resumes Children of Nakivubo Primary School assemble as the second term resumes

 

Related Articles

More From The Author

Related articles