The Masindi District Education Department has come out to ask the government to help reinstate more primary teachers in order for a better performance in the district.
According to Francis Kyomuhendo, the Masindi District Education Officer, most teachers who die and the ones who retire are not replaced.
He added that this year the number may increase from 138 to 150 teachers because their some teachers who are going to retire.
Masindi district has sixty nine (69) government aided primary schools in the five sub counties.
Kyamuhendo noted that “last year the department ran on a shortfall of 138 primary teachers who retired and were not replaced and twelve are to be retired this year.”
She said the department is further facing a challenge of holding head teachers and deputies without appointments which makes them lazy in executing their duties.
She noted that some teachers don’t have appointments and can’t perform their duties since they are not paid according to the positions they hold.
He adds that due to the scarcity of teachers, some schools have only six teachers and yet they have seven classes.
Commenting on the matter, Cosmas Byaruhanga chairperson LCV Masindi district said they addressed the matter to the Minister of Education Ms Janet Museveni and the Minister of Finance adding that they are waiting for their response.
He noted that Masindi needs 900 million annually to pay the missing 150 teachers in case they are recruited and put on the pay roll.
He said that the shortage of teachers in the district could have affected the performance of pupils in the district.
Out of 3229 pupils who sat for primary leaving Examination in 2018, only 186 candidates passed in Division one. Masindi district was the 23rd in the whole country and in western region was ranked 10th out 34 districts and in Bunyoro sub region it emerged the best with 95.6%.