Budaka District Chairperson has cautioned head teachers against poor performance
Samuel Muloni the District Chairperson has urged the Chief Administrative officer Budaka to surmon all the head teachers whose schools performed poorly during the last years Primary Leaving Examinations.
The directive was made during the first Council meeting on 21st Jan 2020 at the District Council Chambers.
According to Muloni,he wanted those head teachers to explain to him why they still need to continue heading this schools yet they are spoiling the future of the next generational leaders.
The Chairperson was sad concerning the performance of his very own children from Bugwere which he believes is putting their future to doom.
Following the recently released PLE results by UNEB 4,667 candidates sat for their PLE last year.163 passed in first grade,1,593 passed in second grade,1,151 in division three ,851 in division four and 861 were ungraded while 45 were in division X.
The analysis of the PLE results for 2019 indicates that there was a reduction of candidates who registered from 4,703 in 2018 to 4,667 in 2019.
Similarly, there was a decrease in the pass rates for division one from 171 candidates in 2018 to 163 in 2019.Thus the failure rate increased from 691 candidates in 2018 to 906 candidates in 2019.
Speaking to Hon Farooq Gundi,a Councilor representing Katira sub county who doubles as Secretary for Education, he accused the CAO and the District Service Commission of employing unqualified teachers.
Gundi also added that teachers in Private schools seem to be more qualified than those in government schools which should be investigated.
However, Richard Waako the District Inspector of Schools attributed the unpredictable fluctuation in performance to the acute understaffing in most schools
He added that in some schools, teacher pupil ratio stands at 1:75 especially in lower primary contrary to the recommended 1:53 nationally.
Waako also reckoned other problems like absenteeism of both children and teachers, lack of accommodation for teachers who trek long distances as some of the causes of poor performance amidst others.
He believes sensitization of teachers and parents and all stake holders on the importance of education will help eradicate a bigger number of these challenges this year.
Abdu Batambuze, CAO Budaka, accused some teachers for abandoning duty stations for private businesses.
“Some teachers have continued to decampaign government schools by opening up private schools nearby and as well convince parents to take their children there,”Batambuze added.
He also noted that some private schools have a tendency of registering weak candidates in government schools.
Budaka district is one of those districts that was curved away from Pallisa District in 2006.The district has a total number of 59 government aided schools.