Sheema District Education Officer Nshabiirwe Willy Esau vowed to seriously arrest school head teachers who will dare to teach in this holiday.
He said this when he was giving his end of term one closing remarks in his office on Friday 3rd May 2019.
“let me use this short chance to seriously warn all headteachers whether from a private school or a government one who will be tempted to teach or coach students in this one month holiday, my team will start exactly on Monday 6th May 2019 to move around the whole district, if they land on your school teaching students, we shall with immediate effect arrest all teachers found in action plus the head teacher and be clearly handled as the law says ” DEO Nshabiirwe said.
He added that schools that teach in holidays have contributed much to the failing of pupils and they need to be investigated, because it shows that they use 90 days of teaching very poorly, dodging classes while others coming at school late if not absent for a number of days hence failing to finish the term one syllabus, so they are now trying to regain the wasted time.
“Most head teachers have turned it into a side dish job, I was told that they charge highly equivalent to the normal tuition, I therefore advise them to start their own businesses rather than squeezing poor parents throughout the year thats why some parents fail to pay school fees for their children up to the end, these are the reasons because a parent pays school fees from January to January hence turning into bankrupt ” Nshabiirwe added.
Nshabiirwe advised parents to always give their children enough time to revise their notes but not to use them as machineries and feed them with balanced diet especially raw foods which help to refresh their minds.
Speaking to www.mknewslink.com,Orikiriza Bruce the senior teacher Mother Care Primary School Kabwohe said that teaching pupils in holidays isn’t bad so long as parents are willing to pay the required charges.
He added that holidays help many teachers especially those of upper classes to finish the syllabus in time hence success at the end.
Patrick Ahimbisibwe a parent of six pupils at Nyakashoga primary school said that despite teaching in holidays is vital to their childrens performance at the end; Schools of these days no longer give them time to plan for other things because they are ever on hunt for school fees.
Officially all primary and secondary schools in Uganda were supposed to start their first term on 4th February 2019 up to 3rd May 2019, and start again second term on Monday 27th May 2019.
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