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Unatu starts campaign to improve education standards

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By  Martins E. Ssekweyama

Posted  Thursday, December 12  2013 at  12:08

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The campaign seeks to ensure that students get quality eduction irrespective of schools’ location.

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Masaka-The Uganda National Teachers’ Union (Unatu), has embarked on a nation-wide-campaign to improve the quality of education in Uganda.

According to the new policy statement issued by the Unatu National Secretariat to regional leaders, the union wants students to get recommended education standards regardless of schools’ location.

Mr James Tweheyo, the Unatu general secretary, who unveiled the campaign in Masaka this week said it was obvious that Uganda’s quality of education especially in rural public schools had dropped thus demanding for immediate interventions.
He said much as the teachers are aware of their professional mandate, there are underlying factors that continue to affect the country’s learning systems.

The campaign, according to Mr Tweheyo, seeks to address critical issues, including high rates of dropout, child labour, high failure rates and failure by parents to provide basic scholastic needs.

Unatu, as a new strategy, is also reaching out to local councils to come up with by-laws that will penalise whoever tries to sabotages measures that seek to improve Uganda’s education system.

Mr Alex Ssemwogere, the Rakai District Unatu chairman, said the campaign is on course and has been given some good reception by various leaders in the district and school heads. He said the campaign will also seek to discourage the use of corporal punishments by school administrators as a means discipline students.

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