The state of government aided schools in Uganda today has a remained a trendy and fashionable talk that most politicians have talked about, but rather done less to revamp the sector.
The education sector especially the structural outlook, pupils and teachers welfare in primary schools is on a terrific fall.
With blame games exchanging hands, the government has pointed fingers at the disgruntled teachers for not appreciating their efforts to keep the institution stand.
Schools today have remained in a sorry state, most of them deserted in villages without required supportive necessities such as well-built structures for both teachers and pupils and inadequate teachers in schools, among others.
With about shs1.8 trillion dedicated to the education sector in this 2013/14 Financial Budget compared Shs1.67 trillion in the previous financial year, stakeholders of this country have their eyes wide open to see the changes that will impact on this stumbling sector.
In a bid to strengthen the education sector, Mukono Municipal Education officer Margret Nakitto has tasked communities at grass root levels to individually involve themselves in the parish planning cycles that is carried out every year in order to participate in the active planning of their district programs.
“We as a municipal, we always carry out village meetings with communities where the locals identify their basic necessities then we handle them over to the district that in most cases has positively responded to our requests.” Nakitto said.
She says that the government has been so supportive at all levels, a reason most schools in Mukono are in a recommendable standard.
She adds that through their community requests, the government has provided adequate accommodation facilities to the teachers and classrooms for the pupils.
Despite the salary delays, Nakitto insists that government aided schools remain the best providers of knowledge because the teachers are professionals who follow a standard curriculum.
“Active learning is in government schools unlike private schools that hire mercenary who force pupils to cram what they do not understand.” Municipal Education officer Margret Nakitto said.
She said the problem that is rampant among the schools is the fact that communities at grass root levels are making use of the decentralized education system to feed the government with the necessary developments their schools need.
She also blames school management committee for not doing their monitoring and evaluation work well to enable that schools remain in a good state that is conducive for the community.
She says that to ensure that schools remain in a good state constructors have been advised to plant trees near every new structure and install lighting rods to avert natural calamities.