Ruhiija Sub County in Rubanda district is struggling to attract female primary school teachers due to the difficult conditions at the schools.
The most affected primary schools include Mburameizi Primary School in Buhumuriro Parish, which has no single female teacher; and Kitojo and Primary School in Ntungamo Parish that has only one female teacher.
Rogers Matsiko, the focal person for Let’s Save Uganda, a Community Based Organization operating in Rubanda District says during a recent survey they conducted in primary schools, they found a number of female teachers are very few.
Matsiko says the findings of the survey indicate that female teachers fear to operate from Ruhija due to lack of staff houses, poor topography and lack of transport means.
The organization’s research findings also show that female teachers fear the place because it is “very scary” and locals are not hospitable.
Narcissi Byamugisha, the Ruhija Sub County Chief says all the female teachers who were deployed at Mburameizi primary school worked for a few days and left.
Byamugisha also says the only female teacher at Kitojo primary school is also threatening to resign after her house was recently broken into by unknown people who stole all her belongings.
Richard Mugayehwenki the Rubanda District Inspector of Schools says lack of female teachers has led to an increase in school dropouts especially among female pupils, because they lack connection with their male teachers.
Mugayehwenki says that the behavior of locals dwelling in Ruhija Sub County scares away female teachers.
He cited an incident when a female teacher was posted at Mburameizi Primary school but was attacked by a group of men who almost raped her.
Bernard Kasangaki the Rubanda district Principal assistant secretary says during the next recruitment exercise, the district leaders will sit with the District service Commission and give a special consideration to all female applicants hailing from Ruhija.