Low Funds Reduce School Inspection In Luweero

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More than 400 schools in Luweero district are not inspected every school term due to lack of funds, Haji Uthman Kamoga, the Luweero Inspector of Schools has revealed. The school inspectorate department is meant to among others ensure strict monitoring to check the quality of education on issues of performance, sanitation, teacher and pupil absenteeism among others. Kamoga tells Uganda Radio Network that every term; the district receives between 8 and 9 million shillings for inspection. He says they need at least 28 million shillings every term to inspect 709 schools in the district. These include 227 government aided primary schools, 360 private primary schools and 17 government secondary schools.Image result for schools in Luwero district The others are 45 private but government-aided and 60 private secondary schools but not aided. Kamoga explains that the meager funds see them failing to reach 484 schools as they only inspect 225. He adds that the meager funds have also failed the recruitment of more personnel, revealing that there are only 14 inspectors in the district yet more than 50 are needed. He says every inspector is allocated 40,000 shillings to supervise a school a day. He says that the 9 million shillings allocated can’t cater for all schools. As a result, Kamoga says they have decided to strategize for internal inspection which has to be done by the school head teachers, their deputies and Directors of Studies. The Inspectorate distributes forms which have to be filled and signed on a daily basis by the school heads. Luweero District Education Officer, Florence Bbosa Sekitooleko, says the department is still grappling with lack of transport means because there is no vehicle for this. However, they have laid strategies of addressing it by considering allocation of over 100 million shillings starting next financial year. Image result for schools in Luwero districtBoniface Sentongo, the chairperson of the education and social services committee says the lack of funds and reliable transport means for the department worsens the problem. Sentongo, who also serves as one of the external inspectors, says some of the the affected schools in the hard-to-reach areas such as Kamila Sub County see the head teachers skip school and their subordinates fear reporting them.

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