Kyambogo teacher trainees remain unsupervised

Kampala- The delay to release allowances for Kyambogo University lecturers has deprived student teachers a chance to be supervised during their ongoing teaching practice programme, Daily Monitor has learnt.

Some of the student teachers, who talked to this newspaper on Saturday, said ever since they were posted to various schools across the country last month, none of the supervisors has showed up yet.

“We are totally kept in the dark and don’t know what is going on. We simply hear that lecturers cannot come because there is no money to facilitate their movement,” said one of the student teachers only identified as Kenneth. He is among the student teachers posted in one of the city secondary schools.

“What supervision will they do in a week or two even if they get their allowances tomorrow?” asked Susan, another aggrieved student teacher.

“We just pray that they don’t simply cook marks for us,” she addedWhen contacted, the acting Vice Chancellor Kyambogo University, Prof Elly Katunguka, said the matter had been brought to his attention and management was doing everything possible to address the students’ concerns .

“The issue has been brought to my attention. I have learnt that there was a delay due to cross checking the payment lists. The lists came from departments and they had to be checked by auditors for correctness. The exercise is very big and liable to abuse. So let us be patient and do a good job,” he said by email on Saturday.

He said the money for supervisors’ allowances had since been processed, and they are expected to start leaving early this week to visit all the students.

Daily Monitor has learnt that the university budgeted Shs1.6 billion for the entire programme.

However, Prof Katunguka said the period allocated for teaching practice will not be extended as it will cause severe budgetary implications on the part of the institution.

“The time will not be extended but everything is being done to make sure that all students are visited during the remaining three weeks and the aim of the exercise will be achieved,” Prof Katunguka said.

assenkabirwa@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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