By Kiyimba Bruno

The state minister for primary education and Member of Parliament Wakiso District Hon. Rosemary Namayanja Seninde has warned teachers who do not give enough time to pupils during school time.

Officiating at Senior One selection exercise at UMA Lugogo show grounds, Sseninde said the ministry is well aware about those illegal acts that contravene USE policies, warning that stern action shall be taken against them.

Hon. Seninde says that many teachers do part time jobs which make them give less time to the pupils that they are supposed to teach.

On this note she advised head teachers to reward best performing teachers annually to motivate them towards working harder.

“Parents must also play their responsibilities of feeding their children while either at school or not.” Adds Hon. Seninde.

She laments that many schools have a challenge of meals but when they ask parents to pay for their children’s food, they end up not doing so. On this note she reminded them to work hands in hands with schools so as to curb the grievance of hunger in schools.

One of the head teachers who did not want to disclose his name looked grieved over the money UGX 40,000 that is supposed to be sent to schools for each child but in the end, they end up receiving less of which even the earlier are never claimed for or sent to schools.

She also warned head techers against collecting application fees from Senior one students.

Sseninde also appealed to head teachers involved in the selection exercise to ensure that over 500,000 pupils who passed PLE are all fixed in schools.

This was said during the National placement exercise of senior one that is taking place at the Uganda Manufacturers Association [U.M.A] centre in Lugogo.

The exercise is expected to close tomorrow by the minister for education and sports and the first lady of Uganda Janet Kataha Museveni where even head teachers of secondary schools shall receive the results of the ordinary level examinations commonly known as the U.C.E.