Head Teachers in Sembabule Face Disciplinary Action Over Failure in PLE

Eleven head teachers of government schools in Sembabule District will face disciplinary action for consistently posting high failure rates in final examinations.

District and key opinion leaders have tasked Mohammad Kiggwe, the Sembabule District Education Officer to take administrative action against head teachers.

During a meeting held on Thursday to assess the level of service delivery and implementation of government programs in the area, the leaders expressed great concern about the high number of failures in last year’s Primary Leaving Examinations-PLE.

Some of the schools that performed poorly include Mpumudde, Kagango, Kalububbu, Kibengo, and Bwogero Communities.    The others are Kibulala, Lwembogo, Kisaana, and Nsumba Primary schools.

According to the 2022 results by the Uganda National Examination Board-UNEB, Sembabule district out of the 589 pupils who registered for the PLE, 11.8 percent failed while 283 pupils did not write the exams.

Simon Ssebowa, the LCV Councilor for Mabindo sub-county says they can longer tolerate the non-performing teachers in the area, arguing that these have become a liability to the district’s education department.

He says many teachers and administrators in the worst performing schools have overstayed at the duty stations and become so relaxed to perform their duties.   

Fred Mubeezi, the Councilor for Nakasenyi sub-county demands that the district Education Officer subjects the teachers to assessment tests, to ascertain whether they can still ably perform their duties.

According to Mubeezi, some of the teachers especially in the far distant rural schools have become habitual drunkards which affect their ability to deliver on the duties assigned to them.

“We need to take action beginning with the primary schools that are directly managed at the district level. This is the foundation that needs to be improved first,” he noted.

Julius Ssebugwawo, an opinion leader from Lwemiyaga sub-county has warned that the communities may be prompted to force out the non-performing teachers should the responsible authorities fail to take appropriate action about the situation. 

He says it is time the District Education Officer took tough decisions of demoting the nonperforming teachers if the district is to register the preferred improvement in its performance. 

Muhammad Kiggwe, the Sembabule District Education Officer says that they are going to sit as a department to discuss the suggestion for possible consideration.

He however also challenged the local leaders to be proactive and fight the chronic absenteeism of the learners in their area, saying it is also one contributing factor to poor performance.       

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