Government through the Rubanda District Service Commission has been urged to expedite substantive appointment of head teachers in almost half of the public schools in the south western district.
The call was made by the Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) district leadership, who expressed worry that the lack of leadership in these schools has been affecting academic performance.
According to Anthony Ngambeki Musasizi, the UNATU district chairperson, about 45 percent of the primary school head teachers in Rubanda district are in caretaking positions.
There are about 110 government primary schools in the district.
Worse still, Musasizi says, since the year begun, the district has lost two head teachers and several others have retired, yet no immediate replacement was made.
Musasizi says this has hindered the proper addressing of school administrative issues like motivation, management of staff, setting expectations and targets and evaluating staff performance.
Bernard Kasangaki, the Rubanda District Principal Secretary says the District leadership is aware of the challenge and that efforts are being made to address it.