A new report released today shows that 50% of Ugandan teachers cannot write formal letters.
2018 National Assessment Progress in Education Report, has revealed that at least 50% of Uganda’s Primary School pupils their teachers and tutors cannot do well in numerous and literacy in English, despite government efforts to improve the educator sector.
Particularly letter writing, debating language, multiplication, composition writing, interpreting graphs among others.
The research was done in 122 districts with, 558 schools and covered 1,000 pupils.
“In the Assessment, we were looking for the bar graph, but learners, as well as the teachers, were actually giving us the histogram. Those who had problems with writing, for example, the titles for something inform of letter writing but the required structure was lacking,” Juamayo Kennedy, Education official said.
Better performance was registered in the Western and central region of Uganda as compared to Northern and Eastern Regions.
According to Rosemary Sseninde State Minister for Primary Education, parents are responsible for their children’s inability to perform well, because they are not involved in their children’s school activities thinking teachers can do all.
“Parents and the stakeholders in the western part of the country are fully involved in the education sector of their children which is not in some other parts of the country. So, I think we need to scale up our sensitisation to make sure that the people of Uganda tend to realise that the quality of education and improvement in the teaching and learning processes is not a sole responsibility of Ministry of Education,” Sseninde said.
Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU), Acting General Secretary, Duluga Philip as regards to the report, says UPE is to blame because it promotes the automatic promotion of pupils.
“Unfortunately the education system right now especially UPE, there was an issue of automatic promotion, because the emphasis the government had was to have access, so in that case, the element of trying to master some of the aspects have been under-watered,” Duluga said.
In the report, Uganda is the worst country compared as compared to Kenya and Tanzania although the findings are quite related.