The State Minister for primary education Hon. Rosemary Seninde has said most primary schools in the country are facing the challenge of insufficient staff.
Seninde made the remarks while addressing district chairpersons and municipal council mayors at Hotel Africana.
“One of the challenges we face is insufficient staff. In many of our schools we still have gaps. As I speak, we have a gap of almost 22000 teachers in primary schools across the country,” she said.
“But we continue to lobby the Ministry of finance to raise the staff ceilings as well as the wage bill because that is where our biggest problem is. We are also having a negotiation with Ministry of finance such that we can be able to recruit,” she said
The minister also told district chairpersons and mayors that in districts where there has been early grade reading (P.1 to p.3) there is a challenge of teachers being transferred without being replaced by teachers trained to teach the same classes.
She also said she talked to DEOs about the challenge but added that there is need to remind them.
Other challenges faced according to Seninde include failure to implement circulars from the centre, absenteeism and drunkenness among teachers, failure to feed children at school among others.
On the issue of supervision of schools, the minister said government allocated funds for the cause.
“For instance in the FY 2019/20, over 2 billion shillings has been earmarked for DEOs monitoring while over 5 billion will go for school inspection. All schools must be supervised at least twice a term,” she said.