By Solomon Hamala
The State Minister for Karamoja, has attributed the declining academic performance in Busoga region to the frequent change of leaders by the electorate in the area.
Moses Kizige said this while speaking during the opening of training for teachers, parents, and teachers’ executives organized by the Busoga Education Initiative held at Viva College School located in Jinja.
Kizige said the electorate in Jinja has the mentality of voting out leaders after every term making it hard for the incumbent to make strides towards improving the education standards in the region.
He said ministers who were appointed by the President in the Busoga region are no longer holding the previous positions just because they were denied chance to come back by the electorate.
“Someone works under pressure knowing he or she might not come back the next term,” he said.
Kizige urged locals to avoid the habit of changing their leaders a move he said will help improve on the academic performance in the region.
The Chairperson Busoga Education Initiative, Doctor Kadama Kalibala Agnes attributed the increasing poverty amongst households in the region on early marriages.
She said girls in the region get pregnant at an early age of ten years and the would be husbands later escape leaving them at the mercy of their parents.
“Parents have to shelter the burden of looking after their daughters and the entire family leaving them in poverty,” she said.
Kadama said as a result of the efforts by the Busoga Education Initiative, one of the worst performing schools, Kagogwa Primary School in Kakira Town Council for the first time has obtained five first divisions in last year’s PLE.
She named the worst performing districts in Primary Leaving Examinations in the Busoga sub region as Luuka, Kamuli, and Mayuge.
The Minister for Education Busoga Kingdom, Nantale Nassabu said parents in the region have denied chance to the disabled children to study thinking they are useless to society.
Nantale said Busoga kingdom in collaboration with Busoga Education
Initiative (BEI) had embarked on a program of taking back disabled children to school.
The Assistant Commissioner for Primary Education, Tony Mukasa said head teachers always abscond from school besides the frequent quarrels and fights between head teachers and the school management committees and Parents Teachers Association has contributed to the declining academic performance in schools across Busoga region.
He said as a result most teachers have resorted to doing boda boda instead of teaching which has contributed to the declining performance because they don’t respect each other.
“No one gives respect to the other which has contributed to the poor performance,” he said.
Mukasa said inspectors of schools and district education officers also take long paying inspection visits to the schools making it hard to monitor the activities of the teachers.
He said as a ministry they are to soon conduct abrupt visits to schools to ensure proper efficiency of the schools across the country.