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Government heeds teacher’s transfer appeal

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By AL-MAHDI SSENKABIRWA

Posted  Saturday, February 8  2014 at  02:00

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Most teachers were disgruntled because they were not considered in the December transfers while others didn’t want to move where the ministry had transferred them to.

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The Ministry of Education has accepted appeals by at least 58 head teachers and deputy head teachers who were dissatisfied with the recent transfers. Some teachers had applied to be moved to other schools but were not considered in the December transfers schedule.

Others were transferred to schools where they did not want to go. The Church and Muslim leaders had earlier complained that they were never consulted as the founding bodies of some schools when the initial transfers were made.

Mr Francis Agula, the Commissioner for Secondary Education, said on Thursday that they had resolved the teachers’ grievances and all of them must report to their respective stations not later than this week to avoid lapses in supervision at the schools. “When their (teachers) issues were brought to our attention, we looked at them and took a decision for the purposes of continuality,” Mr Agula said.

He said some teachers were single at the time of deployment but have since married and need to be in schools not far from their families. Out of the 58 transferred teachers, 23 are deputies. Some of the prominent teachers transferred include: Ms Immaculate Aneso, a deputy head teacher at Mt St Mary’s Namagunga who has been posted to PMM Girls School in Jinja as head teacher, while Mr Tom Otim of St Joseph’s College, Layibi, has moved to Atapara SS in Oyam District.

Brother Anthony Lubwama, who has been deputy head teacher at St Mary’s College Kisubi, is now the acting head teacher after the Church rejected Mr Deodata Mukisa from St Edward‘s SS -Bukumi who the ministry had posted there.
Brother Lubwama replaces Brother Edward Bukenya who has been at the helm of SMACK for 15 years.

assenkabirwa@ug.nationmedia.com