Masaka head teachers cannot use computers

The school heads have had to resort to secretarial bureaus to write reports.

Tuesday August 26 2014

By Martins E. Ssekweyama

Masaka- The lack of basic computer knowledge and skills has been pointed out as yet another big challenge affecting the performance of teachers in Masaka District.

According to a report by the Masaka Primary Schools Head teachers Association-MAPSHEDA; majority of the head teachers and their junior classroom teachers lack basic computer skills needed in a modern teaching environment.

While delivering the termly review performance report to the association’s committee members, who converged in Masaka District on Friday, Mr Charles Ssenfuka, the MAPSHEDA chairperson, revealed that majority of teachers in the area are computer illiterate which complicates their work.

Mr Ssenfuka revealed that the problem was largely realised in the recently concluded exercise in which the ministry of Education tasked all head teachers to submit school enrollments lists in softcopies and majority of them were cheated at secretarial bureaus as they could not ably do the required work.

“Our fellows were duped and procured the services very expensively at the secretarial bureaus in town,” he noted.

Cannot get further training
He said this implies that these head teachers will miss out on other capacity building programmes conducted through the E-learning system, hence less achievements in the education sector.

Mr Ssenfuka blamed this state of affairs on lack of computer laboratories and Internet facilities in most schools.