BY MARIA EYORU
Alex Kakooza, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Sports has asked head teachers in Church founded schools to groom their successors.
Kakooza noted that it is important for the head teachers to appoint the best members of staff in their schools, who will be able to take over the management when they retire.
He made the remarks during the three day Church of Uganda Heads of Education Institutions Association (COHEIA) conference that started on Wednesday December 17 to 19 at Uganda Christian University.
The conference held every year brings together all the Anglican church founded school head teachers to discuss and reflect on the challenges that affect them and find solutions.
Kakooza also acknowledged the role of the church in building the future of the students through the head teachers. He further noted that when it comes to transferring the head teachers, the first priority for the best teachers are schools founded by Church.
“It’s not by accident that people still cherish the values imparted to the children from these schools. We cherish and recognize the role you play as church in building the leadership in schools,” he said.
Kakooza, who represented the Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda at the closure of the conference said education should be a shared responsibility between the state, Church and citizens.
The Arch bishop of the Church of Uganda, The Most Rev Stanley Ntagali on the other hand advised the Church of Uganda head teachers to mentor students because mentorship leads to success.
Natagali observed that the education service providers have set their focus on the community and not what the students need to learn for their daily lives.
“Education service providers have neglected other spheres of life because their focus is on the community domain. This has led to the increase in the number of examination malpractice in schools,” he said.
He also observed that the Neglect of responsibilities by key players in education is a concern for the church especially for the girl child. “We implore the government to reconsider the church’s voice in removing sex education from the primary schools,” Ntagali implored.