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Govt to pay private science teachers

By Vision Reporter

Added 5th October 2009 03:00 AM

THE Government plans to pay the salaries for teachers of science subjects in private secondary schools, Mwesigwa Rukutana, the Minister of State for Higher Education, revealed over the weekend.

THE Government plans to pay the salaries for teachers of science subjects in private secondary schools, Mwesigwa Rukutana, the Minister of State for Higher Education, revealed over the weekend.

By Fred Turyakira

THE Government plans to pay the salaries for teachers of science subjects in private secondary schools, Mwesigwa Rukutana, the Minister of State for Higher Education, revealed over the weekend.

The start salary for a diploma holder teaching in a secondary school is about sh300,000.

Education records indicate that there are about 1,000 science teachers in private schools.
Rukutana said his ministry was already providing some private secondary schools with science kits to improve the teaching of science subjects.

The Government has made science and some arts subjects compulsory at Senior Four to increase the number of qualified science students in the country.

With more students opting for science subjects, the Government will be able to solve the crisis of unemployment among university graduates, the minister added.

Rukutana was on Saturday inaugurating the examination centre hall for Ihuganga Migyera Basin SS in Rugarama sub-county in Ntungamo district.

The minister also warned teachers of government aided schools against par- timing in private schools, which he said had contributed to poor performance of students.

“The Government pays teachers to teach students to pass. But they instead leave their jobs and spend most of the time teaching in private schools. This should stop. We are going to investigate those teachers and punish them.”

The Government was working on a law to punish teachers, who abscond teaching, he added.

Rukutana contributed sh500,000 towards the construction of the main hall.

He also raised sh4m from auctioning a cow and goats.
The Ntungamo district education officer, Charles Bakaine, warned students against engaging in riots and strikes, which caused some schools to close last term.

Students of Muntuyera High School in Kitunga went on strike twice last term.

Govt to pay private science teachers

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