- Poor syllabus coverage in the district is killing education sector which needs to rectified
- Most teachers are relaxed to teach due to laxity in monitoring by the head teachers who only visit the school when there is release of UPE funds
- UPE started in 1997 but the impact is little felt as there is high number of enrolment of pupils but end up with poor grades
- Private schools have for years been performing better than the government primary schools as there is motivation and more efforts is done in monitoring and supervision of teachers
By Okaba Patrick
Nebbi- A section of Civil society organizations (CSOs) operating in Nebbi district have expressed their concerns on the declining performance of children in government Primary schools (UPE) in the district.
They attributed the decline in performance of children in public schools to lack of commitment and absenteeism among teachers.
According to the recent survey conducted by Action aid International, the performance of children in public schools in last year PLE result was at 0.9 per cent while private schools was at one per cent which need a lot to be done in public schools.
The acting program officer Action Aid, Moses Okwonga, said the poor performance of children in the district is associated with poor syllabus coverage in most primary schools.
“Most head teachers appear in schools when there is news about UPE funds which has affected the monitoring of teachers difficult,” Okwonga said.
The program officer Nebbi NGO Forum, Nam Eddy, says there is continued decline in education where Nebbi is among the worst performing districts in the whole country as per 2016/2017 PLE result.
He says the general performance of children in government schools stand at 0.9 percent and yet teachers are charging parents remedial fee of Shs 25000 to Shs 30,000 in the urban schools as motivation fee.
“We want government to scrap off UPE and USE money that comes quarterly in schools because the impact is not being reflected in terms of performance,” Nam said.
The acting District Education Officer (DEO, Mr Bruno Oribi, says the poor performance of children is associated with poor syllabus coverage which stands at 36 per cent.
“We can put all the structures on the ground but, if the teachers are not committed to work, what should be done?
The Nebbi Resident District commissioner, Ms Bessie Ajilong, says with the alarming poor performance of children in the districts of Nebbi, Pakwach and Zombo the districts must be declared state of emergency like Karamoja region because for the last two years, they failed to deliver to the expectations like other districts.