89 Ghost Teachers Discovered on Namutumba District Payroll

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Namutumba district education sectoral committee has unearthed 89 ghost teachers on the payroll and a substantial number who lack proper academic qualifications.

Namutumba district education sectoral committee has unearthed 89 ghost teachers on the payroll and a substantial number who lack proper academic qualifications. The ghost teacher scam was unearthed by a team led by Michael Saire, LC V chairman.
 
Michael Saire revealed to the district council that their investigations have unearthed 89 non -existent teachers in schools in Magada, Ivukula, Nsinze Namutumba and Kibaale sub counties.
 
He says that in 182 schools visited in Namutumba district, 61 unqualified teachers were found in secondary schools, 41 teachers in primary schools and 29 in technical schools. He says that teachers could neither produce their Uganda Certificate of Education certificate nor teacher’s certificate.
 
Henry Stevenson Magoma, Namutumba District Education Officer, says that they were forced to embark on the investigations because of the declining educational performance in the recent 2012 final examinations.
 
Some of the affected schools are Nabinyonyi, Buwambi, Nsoola, Irondo and Bugiri SDA Primary schools
 
He says that he become suspicious when only a handful of teachers presented their academic papers as requested by the district education sector committee.
 
Magoma says that the district loses close to 40 million shilling each month on the salaries of the ghost teachers.
 
There are1, 004 teachers on the district pay roll but only a few of them are active.
 
Christopher Mutalya, Chairman District Service Commission, says that following their investigations they have continuously scrapped off the ghost teachers and hope to recruit 150 qualified teachers for deployment.
 
David Waako, Namutumba District Youth Councillor, blames the problem of ghost teachers and unqualified teachers on the reluctance of members of the district service commission and inspectors of schools to do their work thoroughly.
 
In 2012 Namutumba district service commission dismissed 120 primary school teachers over forgery of academic papers.
 
The culprits were discovered during a verification exercise conducted by the district service commission.