Govt Asked to Decentralize Secondary Teachers Recruitment

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Currently, appointments, confirmations and transfers of teachers and support staff in government owned/aided education facilities are conducted by the Ministry of Education and Sports. But Sam Mbangire, the acting Nakasongola District Education Officer says that the practice is fueling staff turnover.

Nakasongola district authorities want government to transfer the mandate for recruitment of secondary school teachers to districts, in order to address staff turnover.

Currently, appointments, confirmations and transfers of teachers and support staff in government owned/aided education facilities are conducted by the Ministry of Education and Sports. But Sam Mbangire, the acting Nakasongola District Education Officer says that the practice is fueling staff turnover.

At least 11 teachers resign every year in Nakasongola citing poor working conditions in the area. The conditions include lack of staff houses, transport, and access to clean water and communication facilities among others.

Mbangire says that Nakasongola has the potential to recruit and retain enough personnel from among persons hailing from the region who can withstand the conditions.
 
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Meanwhile, Edward Ssenozi, the chairperson of Uganda National Teachers' Union - Nakasongola branch, explains that some secondary school teachers use the district to access the payroll and later look for opportunities elsewhere.

Ssenozi says that chronic absenteeism and staff turnover has affected the completion of the syllabus leading to poor performance. He equally demands that the recruitment process be decentralized.

The demand comes at the backdrop of reports that a racket within the Ministry of Education was fraudulently posting secondary teachers to Luweero district. So far, eight secondary school teachers in Luweero are on the run after a verification exercise proved that their appointments were fake.
 
Luweero Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Christopher Oketayot says that the district finds difficulty in detecting fraudulent appointments because it does not have control over the process.

State Minister of Higher Education John Chrysostom Muyingo recently he told URN that Nakasongola is not fit to get hard to reach or stay allowance because it's near Kampala. He said that government was planning to address challenges to attract staff there.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.