Ministry Withdraws Appointments from Caretakers in Higher Institutions

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A number of secondary schools, Business, Technical, Vocational Education Training BTVET and Teacher Instructor Education and Training TIET institutions, have been shouldering responsibilities of head teachers, Deputy Head teacher and Principals, where vacancies exist.

The Ministry of Education has terminated the appointment of all caretakers in higher institutions of learning.
 
A number of secondary schools, Business, Technical, Vocational Education Training (BTVET) and Teacher Instructor Education and Training (TIET) institutions, have been shouldering responsibilities of head teachers, Deputy Head teacher and Principals, where vacancies exist.
 
But, according to the Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary Alex Kakooza, some instruments assigning officers to shoulder the responsibilities were indefinite, while others have expired, yet the officers continue to execute the duties.
 
Kakooza says that the appointment letters have since been withdrawn to enable deployment and assumption of duties by substantive officers. The ministry has also ordered Kampala City County Authority, Chief Administrative Officers and Town Clerks to terminate payment of duty allowances to officers working as caretakers effective this month.
 
Kakooza adds that any request for assignment of higher responsibilities should be initiated by the Board of Governors and Governing Councils only when the Ministry of Education has failed to deploy a substantive officer.
 
The circular has been copied to Chief Administrative Officers, Town Clerks, Board of Directors/Governing Councils, Principals and Head Teachers among others.
 
A caretaker in a secondary school who preferred anonymity said that they are willing to hand over but they couldn't do so where there was no substantive head teacher. He also criticized the Education Service Commission for failing to confirm them as substantive head teachers even when they had the minimum qualification to perform the duties.
 
Nakaseke District Chairman Ignatius Koomu says that the directive will only work after the Ministry of Education secures enough money to recruit substantive teachers.
Koomu adds that the caretakers have existed for years because the Ministry of Finance declined to release funds for the recruitment of substantive head teachers forcing districts to deploy the officers beyond the recommended six months.
 
The Ministry of Education, however, remained silent on head teachers in Primary Schools where a number of them are equally serving as caretakers. At least 51 primary school head teachers in Nakaseke district have remained in acting capacity for over 10 years.

 

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