Kampala-The State Minister for Higher Education, John Muyingo has said teacher education should be made more attractive.
While presenting a paper during the Aga Khan University (AKU), Institute for Educational Development in East Africa (IED, EA) conference, Muyingo said this would motivate others to join the profession in order to transform the education sector especially in teacher-pupil ratio.
John Muyingo applauded AKU’s commitment to the formation of strong and strategic leadership in the education and health sectors in Uganda. The State Minister said that it is important to make teacher education more attractive.
“According to Uganda Vision 2014, presently guiding national policy document, Uganda has made tremendous progress in improving literacy levels of the citizenry. Literacy rate for persons aged ten years and above in the country is quoted to have increased from 69 per cent in 2006 to 73 per cent in 2010 and I would like to congratulate the government, development partners and all education stakeholders in Uganda for this great achievement,” he said.
The education sector has been faced with increasing enrollment especially in lower classes after introduction of UPE in 1997 but has suffered setback in higher classes with increasing dropout rates.
The teachers have also lost morale especially after the ping-pong game of having teacher’s salary increased and lack of commitment to teach well.
Children learning in Arua. Photos by Felix
John Muyingo said that: “While Uganda has made some progress in terms of enrollment in the last two decades, these achievements have been overshadowed by a persistent decline in educational standards, particularly in public schools at both primary and post primary levels.”
Independent studies notably by Uwezo (2010, 2012 and 2015) have consistently recognized the declining quality of education in Uganda. “I am aware that government efforts alone are not enough to improve, innovate and change on teacher education in our country. The efforts on non-government actors are highly appreciated and recommended. I would like to take this opportunity to urge you to increase your efforts in working with the government to improve our education system,” he said.
Professor Joe Lugalla who is the Director IED, EA also said that as an Institution that is driven to produce impactful and quality interventions in education, IED, EA and ultimately AKU would immensely benefit from collaborative partnerships in matters relating to governance, security, religion and education.
“Delivering education is a universal principle requiring universal involvement and collaborations, and I strongly believe that we need to work together not only in formulating ideas on how to re-think teacher education in Uganda and East Africa as a whole, but in implementing them as well,” Professor Lugalla said.