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Education ministry transfers 18000 teachers

The Ministry of Education has transferred over 1,800 secondary school teachers and the transferred ones have been ordered to leave their current stations to their new posting before second term begins on May 28.

Samuel Kuloba, the Commissioner of Secondary Education, told The African News Journal that the ministry delayed to transfer some of the teachers because they had to first establish whether the wage bill in some of the districts would accommodate those affected. And that the move to transfer over1,800 secondary school teachers is likely to enhance efficiency and professionalism.

Hebert Kiguli, the Commissioner Human Resource said that they are trying to implement the Public Service regulation which requires that civil servants be transferred after five years of working at the same work station.

A list includes more than 1,800 teachers especially those who had worked at a station for more than 15 years.
He however, said that this has not been followed at the ministry with many teachers creating chiefdoms in the communities they have been serving.
Kiguri added that the reshuffle will be phased with another batch expected in November, which will see more than 5,000 teachers transferred.

Mr Kiguli defended the transfers, saying they are meant to improve and add more knowledge on individual teachers when they encounter new challenges.

According to Mr Kiguli, they are trying to implement the Public Service regulation which requires that civil servants be moved after five years of working at the same work station.
However, he said this has not been followed at the ministry with many teachers creating chiefdom’s in the communities they have been serving.

Next transfer in November
He added that the reshuffle will be phased with another batch expected in November, which will see more than 5,000 teachers transferred.
Mr Kiguli defended the transfers, saying they are meant to improve and add more knowledge on individual teachers when they encounter new challenges.

“If you have been managing a day school and you are posted to a boarding section, the two entities have different challenges. We will not be helping our teachers if we keep them in one school. They need to be moved to increase their chances for promotions,” Mr Kiguli added.
In the first phase, Kampala alone has seen 121 of its teachers taken with 24 of the teachers from Kibuli SS. Some teachers we talked to said the transfers were isolated on some individuals, leaving out some other officers who have worked in schools for more than 20 years.
The teachers questioned why the ministry has been reluctant to share the list of transferred teachers.

They claim that their supervisors, who are the head teachers, sometimes malice them especially if they have divergent views.
At the ministry, some officials confirmed the development but explained that they agreed as a committee not to share the list at the request of head teachers.

In the past, founding bodies and head teachers have influenced who should work at their schools, making it difficult for the ministry to do its work even when there are valid complaints against the transferred teachers.
“Our work is made difficult when we publish the list. We get many interested people coming to block the transfers. Others refuse to leave. It’s a difficult moment,” the source revealed.

However, some teachers said that the transfers were isolated on some individuals, leaving out some other officers who have worked in schools for more than 20 years.
The teachers questioned why the ministry has been reluctant to share the list of transferred teachers.
They claim that their supervisors, who are the head teachers, sometimes malice them especially if they have divergent views.
At the ministry, some officials confirmed the development but explained that they agreed as a committee not to share the list at the request of head teachers.

 

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