UPE needs 110,000 teachers more Thursday, 8th July, 2010 By Francis Kagolo and Racheal Ninsiima UGANDA has a shortfall of over 110,000 Universal Primary Education (UPE) teachers, the education minister, Namirembe Bitamazire, said yesterday. She said there were only 132,000 UPE teachers for the seven million pupils. “To achieve quality education, we need to have enough quality teachers who are dedicated and patriotic,” Bitamazire noted.

However, Bitamazire disclosed that the ministry would recruit over 1,000 teachers this year to fill the gap. “There are vacancies all over the country but we have worked out a new formula of recruitment where by each school should have at least a teacher per class,” she said. Bitamazire was addressing district education officials from northern Uganda during the launch of the Quality Educators’ project at the Kampala Africana Hotel.

The teacher to pupil ratio in UPE schools has gone up to 1:250 in some schools, especially in northern Uganda, Karamoja and other hard-to-reach areas. However, the Government has allocated sh11.20b for instructional materials and an allowance of sh60,000 for teachers in hard-to-reach areas. This is in addition to the sh200,000 basic salary.

The New vision News paper.

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