Vocational Teachers Reject Government Reforms, Demand Early Retirement – The Ankole Times

Vocational Teachers Reject Government Reforms, Demand Early Retirement

Thursday, January 25, 2024
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Hope Turyomurugyendo
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Teachers from Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions in Uganda have expressed opposition to the government’s decision to eliminate certain subjects from the curriculum, demanding early retirement instead of being redeployed to secondary schools. Over 100 teachers, representing 128 TVETs, convened at Ntinda Vocational Institute to voice their concerns.

The government plans to remove eight subjects, including Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, English, Entrepreneurship, History, and Business studies, from the TVET curriculum. According to Eddy Turyatemba, the Assistant Commissioner TVET at the Ministry of Education and Sports, these subjects were deemed redundant following the implementation of the 2019 TVET policy, which introduced the Competence-Based TVET curriculum.

During the meeting, teachers criticized the decision to deploy them to secondary schools without the National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) having the new TVET curriculum in place. The teachers accused the Ministry of Education of making decisions without proper consultation and demanded early retirement, citing concerns about potential salary reductions if deployed to secondary schools.

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Ministry officials, led by the Commissioner Human Resource Management (C/HRM), faced challenges in addressing the teachers’ grievances. The teachers argued that salaries in secondary schools are lower than those in TVETs, and starting afresh in secondary schools with no prospect of promotions was not acceptable to them.

Francis Kweyamba, an English teacher, criticized the ministry for considering subjects like English as redundant, emphasizing the global importance of the language. Officials mentioned that technical teachers already proficient in English would handle the subject.

However, some teachers expressed doubts about the effectiveness of technical majors replacing them, and concerns were raised about potential salary reductions upon redeployment.

In 2019, the government enacted the TVET policy aimed at enhancing the quality of education in different TVETs, both public and private. The policy seeks to integrate and mainstream the training of TVET lecturers, tutors, instructors, and trainers within the TVET system, subjecting them to minimum competence-based qualifications.

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