Education Ministry Halts Further Transfer of Teachers

The Education Ministry has halted further transfers of teachers in government aided schools from one district to another until next year, order 2018. Danson Kule, the Acting Commissioner Government Secondary Schools in the Ministry on Tuesday said the temporary hold back follows the numerous complaints by secondary school teachers concerning delays in receiving their salaries.

The Ministry has already begun the process of drafting new guidelines to better streamline transfers.

In 2014, government through the Ministry of Finance decentralized the government pay roll to individual Ministries and Local governments as opposed to being disbursed from the Ministry of Public Service.

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The 2014 reform was aimed at weeding out ghost workers and delays in the release of salaries for civil servants. Each accounting officer would be responsible for the salaries under their department.

However, this new system brought along inconveniences as teachers upon being transfered to other districts failed to access their emoluments.

“We have decided that we suspend any transfers during this year as the top management of the Ministry approves new guidelines that will guide transfers of teachers,” Kule told journalists on Tuesday.

He however disclosed that exceptions will be made in “very special cases”.

“In some cases, the district to which a teacher is moved had already reached its ceiling of the wage bill. This means that the teacher then has to wait for the Ministry to improvise and release their pay through the new district.”

Headteachers with whom ChimpReports spoke during the ongoing Senior One selection exercise in Kampala welcomed the decision to halt the transfers.

Commenting about the development, John Baptist Mukwaba the headteacher of St. Josephs S.S Kasambya said; “It’s a good decision. Most teachers who get transferred find themselves not being paid for months.”


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