The Ministry of Education is to fire over 3,000 teachers for teaching in private schools as side job. The firing of these teachers come at a time after the discovery of head count that was conducted by the Education Ministry. The head count was conducted to assess the factors that have led to increased dropout among other challenges facing the education system in uganda.
The Minister for Education Jessica Alupo said that the Ministry of Education has identified that side jobs done by teachers is one of the core factors for increased student and pupil dropout.
'' There many teachers in private schools doing teaching as side job. The private schools have claimed ownership of these teachers by registering them as full time teachers'' Jessica Alupo said.
'' The Director for Basic Education is carring out further investigations and teachers who will be found guilt will be prosecuted'' Jessica Alupo added.
The discovery also revealed that the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS in both teachers, students and pupils has led to increased dropout, increased absenteeism among others.
The discovery has also attributed overcrowding in schools as another challenge facing the education system in Uganda. The discovery states that 35 percent of schools accommodate over 90 students or pupils.
The overcrowdness has led to poor academic performance in schools, hence increased student or pupil dropout.
The Education Ministry says that they are working hard to over come such challenges by constructing more schools to reduce overcrowdness among others.