Mayuge’s Poor Education Blamed on Teacher Inadequacy

Primary three pupils attend a class at Ibanda Primary School in Mayuge (Courtesy Photo)

Mayuge District was ranked among the worst performers not only in Busoga but Uganda as a whole in the recently released results for Primary Leaving examinations 2016.

While as other districts like Namutumba, mind Luuka and Buyende all in Busoga that were listed below together Mayuge are still grappling with the big question of finding the causes to the poor performance so as to be able to mitigate them, an official in Mayuge district has a clue.

William Nadiope, the Mayuge District Education Officer has decried the inadequacy of teachers in his district as the root cause for the poor performance in schools in Mayuge.

“We are supposed to have 2205 teachers in all the government primary schools but we have only 1680 leaving a deficit of 525 needed to ably attend to all pupils. This is too big and leaves the few teachers available exhausted and unable to teach effectively and efficiently,” Nadiope said.

He pointed out that most schools in sub counties like Bukabooli, Kigandalo and Jaguzi islands have only 6-7 teachers leaving one teacher per class and this has greatly affected teaching in the affected schools.

Nadiope also faulted some teachers for being negligent to their duty claiming they are given little salary and need to do side business to boost their incomes saying his office will this year increase
supervision and monitoring to deal with such errant teachers for better results.

“The other issue that we have and needs all of us to fight is to advise our children to balance the economic activity of fishing especially those on the lake shores with studies” he added.

However, Laston Waako, the district councilor representing Wairasa sub-county attributed the cause of poor performance to the teachers’ strike.

“Surely last year our children attended a few lessons as teachers were repeatedly striking which finally affected the children’s performance,” he said.

The story is however different with Muhammad Maganda, a teacher at St. Peter primary school in Wandago village in Wairasa sub-county who was quick to ask parents to play their role of interesting their children with education if the performance in the district would improve.

“A number of children have abandoned school to work in sugar cane plantation and fishing with full support from their parents, others come to school on empty stomach and no teacher can make a miracle of imparting good grades in such children” he noted.

Abudallah Musisi, a resident of Magamaga town council who said all parties including the government are to blame for laxity in providing and supporting children throughout their education.


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