Usawa Agenda has praised the decision to undo the government’s program of teacher transfers and delocalization, which was just approved by Parliament.

However, Usawa Agenda opposes the notion of assigning teachers to their wards in its suggestion to the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms.

According to the association, parents are discouraged when a teacher is posted to their ward because the majority of them rely on the teachers as farmhands to make ends meet.

“The closest a teacher should be posted is in a neighbouring ward save for specific areas that may have transport-related challenges due to their vastness or security situation,” it says in its report.

On November 3, the whole House of Representatives voted in favor of a resolution put out by Lurambi MP Titus Khamala to effectively reverse the controversial decision.

Numerous teachers have already submitted applications to be transferred nearby.

The non-profit organization also demanded that the TSC Act be changed to make it mandatory to guarantee an equitable distribution of teachers across the nation and among various types of schools.

The majority of these areas continue to experience chronic teacher shortages as a result of the current teacher deployment framework, the report claims.

“As it is now TSC is not mandated to ensure equity in teacher distribution. Once it deploys a headteacher to a new school, it has fulfilled its mandate, deployment of additional teachers then depends on “availability,” the 13-page report says.

The lobby wants the state to reform the capitation system since established learning institutions are favored at the expense of small schools, according to the lobby.

The capitation model would include a fixed component to allow small schools to invest in their capacity development, according to the executive director of the group, Emmanuel Manyasa.

According to Manyasa, funding for low-cost private schools should be prioritized because they significantly supplement government efforts to provide basic education.

“It is simple to implement, but inequitable and inadequate in addressing the funding needs of the school system,” he said.

“The funding should be targeted to those in need and provide differential amounts per learner based on their needs.”

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