By Yosam Gucwaki
Masindi district education department lacks 150 primary teachers which has hampered service delivery in government primary schools.
According to Francis Kyomuhendo the Masindi district education officer, most teachers who die and those who retire are not replaced. He added that this year the number may increase from 138 to 150 teachers because some teachers are going to retire.
Masindi district has sixty nine government aided primary schools in the five sub counties.
Kyomuhendo said that the department is further facing a challenge of head teachers and deputies without appointments which makes them lazy in executing their duties.
He added that due to the scarcity of teachers, some schools have only six teachers , yet they have seven classes.
Cosmas Byaruhanga chairperson LCV Masindi district said they addressed the matter to the minister of education Ms Janet Museveni and the minister of finance adding that they are waiting for their response.
He noted that Masindi needs 900 million annually to pay the missing 150 teachers in case they are recruited and put on pay role.
Out of 3229 pupils who sat for primary leaving Examination in 2018 only 186 candidates passed in Division one.
Masindi district was the 23rd in the whole country and in western region was ranked 10th out 34 districts and in Bunyoro sub region it emerged the best with 95.6%.
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