Several teachers in Nakaseke district have resorted to sleeping in classrooms because of the accommodation crisis in their schools. The affected teachers are found in Kyabiguru community primary school, Biduku, Kinoni, Kalongo, Kyabikamba, Buwana, Kyalusesa, Kaweweta primary schools among others. The schools are located in four remote sub counties of Ngoma, Wakyato, Kinoni and Kinyogogga.
Ignatius Koomu, the Nakaseke LC 5 chairperson says that the teachers decided to occupy classrooms because of of lack of staff quarters and apartments for rent in the neighboring trading centers. He explains that sleeping in the classrooms has compromised the lives of the teachers and contributed to poor sanitation the affected schools. Koomu says that the teachers sleep in the classrooms in the night and use them for lessons during day.
Steven Batanudde, the Nakaseke district Education Officer admits the plight of teachers saying that, they have petitioned the intervention of the education and sports ministry to address the accommodation problem. Batanudde says that they have also asked the ministry to include Kinoni, Kinyogogga, Wakyato and Ngoma sub counties among the hard to reach areas to allow the teachers get extra allowances.
He also says that some of the sub county registers over 40 percent of teacher resignations each year due to poor working condition. Some of the teachers who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity said they are fed up with the poor living and working conditions. The teachers said that they had applied for transfer to other districts with a better working environment and facilities. One of the teachers said that three teachers share, a single classroom each night. He said that classrooms are too dirty because pupils in the villages come to school barefooted. Steven Jojojo, a parent at Kinoni primary school and district councilor says in some areas parents have set up huts to accommodate the teachers but they are not fit for human occupation.
James Rwakasaija, a parent at Biduku primary school says that in some schools lessons start at 10:00am and end at 3pm because teachers stay in very distant places. According to Rwakasaija, this partly contributes to the high failure rates in the district as pupils don’t complete the syllabus. He appeals to the education to intervene and save the situation.