Soroti District Halts Teacher Transfers

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In short
In what appeared as a new strategy to boost performance, the education department headed by D.E.O Everest Okello caused the transfers of 17 head teachers and 74 classroom teachers. Several others were lined up for possible demotion.

Soroti district leaders have temporarily halted the mass reshuffle of head teachers and classroom teachers whose schools posted poor results in Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE).

Last year, the district produced 144 candidates in Division one, indicating a slight improvement from 2015 when the district got only 83 candidates passing in Division one.

In what appeared as a new strategy to boost performance, the education department headed by D.E.O Everest Okello caused the transfers of 17 head teachers and 74 classroom teachers. Several others were lined up for possible demotion.

But the decision met resistance from the District Executive Committee headed by the LCV chairperson George Michael Egunyu on grounds that that the transfers were not approved. The committee has since voted to halt the exercise.

Joseph Balisanyuka, Soroti Chief Administrative Officer is currently reviewing the list to ascertain those who had genuinely requested for transfer and those transferred against their will.

Calvin Elenyu, the district secretary for education says the final list shall be issued once the ongoing scrutiny is done.

"We agreed that only teachers who had requested for transfer should be removed but not all the head teachers and classroom teachers simply because their schools are not performing well." Elenyu said. 

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Simon Emoru Enangu, the district inspector of schools said the transfer was intended to improve performance and service delivery in the education sector. Emoru says that they followed strict guidelines before effecting the decision to reshuffle the head teachers and classroom teachers.
 
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Soroti district has a total of 79 government-aided Primary schools.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.