Makerere University intends to train all Headteachers in Bugisu sub region and beyond in the area of administrative law which is calculated in enabling them to perform best of their abilities while managing the education sector.
In a letter seen by this publication addressed to the district education officer Mbale, Lydia Musungu and copied to the district inspector of schools, Samuel Khaukha, the university proposes to train the Headteachers and their deputies including other administrative staffs in areas of constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure and introduction to law.
This aims at exposing education sector administrators to appreciate the principles of separation of roles, exercise of discretion powers, the role of the court systems in adjudication and vicarious offenses including the knowledge of offences and defenses and not limited to the sources of law, the principles of natural justice and branches of the law etc.
In retooling the above officials the Makerere University Mbale branch coordinator Steven Masiga says all learners must arrive at the various learning centres with statutes like the Anti corruption Act 2009, the constitution of Uganda, the education Act 2008 as amended the penal code Act cap 120 ,the Local Government Act among others.
The above training in administrative law as proposed by Makerere University follows several ills across the education sector where various education sector managers were implicated in acts that militate against the smooth running of their schools.
A recent study that was conducted by Makerere University Mbale branch showed that in this year alone a number of Headteachers were implicated in areas of defilement across the country and others in deliberate refusal to listen to directives of the centre particularly the permanent secretary ministry of education and sports Ketty Lamaro.
The commissioner special needs at the ministry of education, Sarah Bugoosi has since pledged to mobilize the Headteachers across the special needs schools to benefit from the same at their own cost.
Makerere University Mbale branch serves areas of Karamoja, Bukedi,Teso and Bugisu including Kapchorwa, while the Kamuli and Iganga centres serve the regions of Busoga and Busia centre serves Namayingo, Bugiri and Busia among others in the East of the country. Other centres are reasonably spread in areas of west and northern Uganda including central Uganda.
The training of education administrators will also target other local government employees like parish chiefs, sub county chiefs among others.
Available academic research shows that between 2021 up to 2023 Makerere University has trained over 3000 local government employees and a tracker survey on their performance at their places of work reveals very interesting outcomes which the university feels should be replicated across so that all educational managers are retooled.
“It is a painful observation to see many well respected administrators arrested for failure to utilize public funds within the permissible legal and accounting provisions,”Masiga says adding that “with appropriate training in administrative law this is now going to be a thing of the past. We recognize that many Headteachers are well trained to teach but not well retooled to administrate. The above training will come at a fee which is quite manageable by the education administrators and can be paid in very manageable installments.” DEAR READER, DO YOU HAVE A HOT STORY? CALL/TEXT/WHATSAPP 0777959024 OR EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org WITH AS MUCH EVIDENCE AS POSSIBLE. SOURCE PROTECTION/CONFIDENTIALITY IS OUR NO.1 PRIORITY.