SEPTEMBER 17, 2009: Teacher Absenteeism Worries Kitgum

Teacher Absenteeism Worries Kitgum

Source: Monitor

By James Eriku

Kitgum District leaders have expressed concern over what they described as persistent absenteeism among primary school teachers.

The leaders warned that it could negatively impact on the performance of the district in the forthcoming national examinations.

The concerns follow complaints by some parents that many teachers, especially those in rural schools, dodge classes and spend most of their time drinking alcohol.

 Addressing residents at Ayuu-Anaka Primary School in Palabek Sub-county during the handover of two classroom blocks built by the Northern Uganda Reconstruction Programme, the Kitgum District Education Officer, Mr Amo Okwe Okaka, blamed the new negative trend on head teachers whom he accused of being reluctant to report the misbehaviour of such teachers to his office.

Mr Okaka said: "We are getting new class rooms so that we stop teaching our children under trees but the teachers are now letting us down by their constant absenteeism."

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