By Johnbosco Tugume
A total number of 30 head teachers and 113 primary school teachers in government aided primary schools in Hoima district have been transferred after their schools' poor performance in the 2017 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE).
According to last year's PLE results, government aided schools in the district produced only 36 first grades out of 173 first grades registered. 137 first grades were registered from private schools. The district registered a drop in the first grades compared to 2016 when it produced 208 first grades.
The changes were announced on Thursday evening by Johnson Kusiima Baingana, the Hoima district schools inspector.
Baingana said majority of those transferred had earlier been warned over poor performance in the 2016 Primary Leaving Examinations.
He said the education department has also issued over 100 warning letters to other head teachers whose schools never produced first grades.
Among those transferred include; Christopher Busajja head teacher Kisaru primary school in Kabwoya who has been transferred to Kakindo primary school, Sunday Sezi head teacher Kikobooza primary school has been transferred to Rumogi primary school while Johnson Rubito has been removed from Nyakabingo primary school to Katanga primary school among others.
When contacted, James Sserwanja, the district education officer on Friday confirmed the development but said besides poor performance, they also considered other reasons in the transfers.
“Although performance was the major cause for the transfers, it is an education policy to change those who have stayed longer in schools, we also considered age among others,” he said
Asked what was causing poor performance in the district, Sserwanja cited limited monitoring and inspection by head teachers to their teachers, absenteeism by both pupils and teachers among others.
“Head teachers are supposed to pile pressure to teachers by closely monitoring and inspecting their work, ensuring the syllabus is covered in time among others but we have found out that they leave teachers to work on their own which affects performance,” he said.
Sserwanja advised those transferred to move to their new stations before the new term opens next week.
Vicenti Opio, the Hoima district education and health committee chairman has welcomed the arrangement but challenged the district inspectors to strengthen their work if teachers are to abide by the new mechanisms.