Gov’t to Crack Whip on Teacher Absenteeism, Errant Schools

Teachers in government aided schools who abscond from work including those who engage in part time ventures risk being terminated from service.

This was revealed by the State Minister for Primary Education Rosemary Seninde on Tuesday while addressing headteachers and principals of post primary schools who are currently undertaking the Senior One selection exercise.

She warned that government is to introduce strict measures to ensure that there’s adequate supervision including regular appraisals.

According to the Minister, cure absenteeism has often been cited as a key obstacle to quality performance among government aided schools.

“I want to caution teachers who absent themselves from school during teaching periods. This affects the learners who also end up skipping school since they have no reason to come to class, approved ” she said.

In a later briefing to the press, physician Seninde said that it will be mandatory for headteachers to submit annual reports on teacher attendance to the Ministry.

“Those who will fail to adhere to what we require of them will be scrapped off the government pay roll. Alternatively, they will be demoted or have their contracts terminated.”

Similarly, the Minister cautioned UPE and USE schools that take advantage of parents and charge extra money for school fees.


“There’s no reason for USE schools to charge exorbitant fees while admitting new students yet government already pays for the wage bill, text books and other needs through the capitation grant,” she said.

The current capitation grant stands at Ugsh 41,000 for every student each term.

According to findings by the 2016 Uwezo learning assessment report in primary schools in Uganda, private schools had much lower rates of teacher absenteeism compared to government aided schools. Teacher presence in the schools visited during the Uwezo survey, stood at 90.4% in private schools and 81.1% in government aides schools.

“Private schools had lower pupil-teacher ratio and higher learning outcomes than government aided schools,” the report further reveals.

Similarly, the recently released Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) 2016 results indicated poor performance in UPE schools in comparison to private schools.

Examinations body, UNEB attributes the lack of good grades in UPE schools majorly on teacher and pupil absenteeism.

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