Soroti Schools Fail to Implement The Thematic Curriculum

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They include Fr. Hilders P/S, Amen P/S, Moruapesur P/S, Swaria P/S and Pioneer P/S.

Several primary schools in Soroti Municipality have failed to implement the thematic curriculum. In 2007, government introduced the thematic curriculum, which requires schools to conduct lessons for pupils from the primary one to three classes in their mother tongue. However, several schools visited by URN in Soroti Municipality stopped conducting lessons in vernacular citing difficulties in preparing lesson plans and schemes in Ateso.

They include Fr. Hilders P/S, Amen P/S, Moruapesur P/S, Swaria P/S and Pioneer P/S. URN has also learnt that some of the schools conduct lessons but pretend to teach in vernacular when the Principle Municipal Education Officer and inspector of schools visit their schools. Some of the teachers interviewed by URN but declined to be named say interpreting the curriculum from English to Ateso is a big challenge.

They argue that interpreting the curriculum from English to Ateso is time consuming. They want the Education office to permit their schools to teach in English. Stephen Enou, the Soroti Municipality Education Officer, admits that most teachers in lower classes in the Municipality teach in English. He however, insists that the thematic Curriculum is a government policy, which should be implemented.

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At least 35 primary schools both Private and Government are located in Soroti Municipality.

 

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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.