Operation primary school image change was a campaign envisioned by Kaana Development Communications and Consultancy (KADECO).
This campaign targeted around three sub- counties of Mukono district in its first phase, namely;
The team from Kaana Development Communications and Consultancy (KADECO) of about four people who included Bishop emeritus James Kaggya, Mr. Ssebuma James, Mr. Kyasa. M and Mr. Kasozi Joram started on this campaign on 25th/July/2016 and identified about five (5) schools that were in a very bad state and baseline information about these various schools was obtained.
The schools identified included the following, namely;
1. Golden harvest nursery school
2. Nabiga primary school
3. Butumbiiri SDA nursery and primary school
4. Seeta- Namanoga R/C primary school
5. Maggwa C/U primary school
Golden Harvest Nursery School is located in jjimbi village. It is a faith based school founded by the SDA church. The school has an enrollment total of about 35 pupils and a teaching staff of about four teachers. Three of the teachers do not have the training in early childhood development (ECD) while the other is a grade three teacher and she also serves as the headmistress of the school. It was also discovered that the school doesn’t have the infrastructural requirements for ECD.
The headmistress admitted that the school has and follows the ECD curriculum. However, Bishop emeritus James Kaggya advised the headmistress to take her teachers for further training in ECD so as to keep and preserve the values of the SDA church.
The school also has a school management committee (SMC) consisting of five members, namely;
1. Okoth Nathan (Chairman)
2. Mutale John (Elder)
3. Lubega Rogers (Elder)
4. Zawo Johnson
5. Mrs. Mutale (Treasurer)
|Figure 1; Bishop emeritus James Kaggya and members from KADECO upon arriving at Golden harvest nursery school.|
Figure 2; Bishop emeritus James Kaggya with one of the teachers at Golden harvest nursery school.
|Figure 3; Learners of Golden harvest in a mathematics lesson.|
Figure 4; Bishop emeritus James Kaggya praying for the pupils and staff of Golden harvest nursery school
Figure 6; Pupils of Golden harvest nursery school happily taking a selfie with a staff member from KADECO.
Kaana Development Communications is therefore going to design a strategic plan for Golden harvest nursery school in partnership with the stakeholders of the school so as to address the gaps, stresses, lacks by coming up with sustainable solutions to the problems.
Strategic planning for Golden harvest nursery school is slated to take place on 1st and 2nd/August/2016.
Nabiga primary school is believed to have been established in 1978. It was started by the parents of Nabiga village and all the bricks that were used to construct the school were made by the parents of Nabiga village through cooperate social responsibility (CSR). The school is on 1½ acres of land.
However, today Nabiga primary school is partly owned by Roman Catholic church of Uganda and the government of Uganda. The school receives aid from the government in form of teachers, instructional materials which are all insufficient for providing quality education.
Nabiga primary school has classes right from P.1 up to P.7. The whole school of Nabiga has only thirty (30) desks with a total enrollment of fifty (50) pupils and a teaching staff of five (5) teachers. These teachers are all qualified and are paid by the government. However, the headmaster admitted that the five teachers aren’t enough and therefore there is a gap of three teachers. He added that they tried to employ some three private teachers to fill up the gap though they were not qualified but had the potential to teach. These teachers were to be paid one hundred thousand shillings (100,000/=) as salary per month but the school was unable to pay them since parents were not paying the school fees fully and on time which prompted these teachers quit the job.
This school has the foundation for ECD programs but they lack support in terms of ECD infrastructural requirements.
Pupils in Nabiga Primary School come from neighboringvillages such as Butumbiiri, Ntonto, Nakasejjere and Kakakala.
The headmaster revealed that distant teachers usually come late to school. He added that he finds it hard to hard on some days to facilitate his teachers in terms of breakfast and lunch.
The performance in Nabiga Primary School is still poor and the headmaster attributed it to understaffing.
He also told us of a year when P.1 class was never attended to and all they could do was to rehearse the national anthem, Buganda anthem (Ekitiibwakya Buganda) from morning up to noon, served them porridge for lunch and sent them home and that was the order of the day.
The school has a school management committee though it is inactive.
The headmaster added that ignorance among parents has hindered prioritizing education.
Therefore KADECO promised to address these gaps, lacks and stresses by designing a strategic plan for Nabiga Primary School together with the stakeholders of the school and come up with sustainable solutions to the problem being faced. Strategic planning for Nabiga primary school is scheduled to take place on 8th and 9th/August/2016.
Figure 7; Bishop emeritus James Kaggya in the office of the headmaster Mr. Ejakayiti Ben.
Figure 8; one of the classroom blocks forNabiga Primary School.
Figure 9; Pupils of Nabiga Primary school in an English lesson.
|Figure 10; Bishop emeritus James Kaggya posing for a photo with the headmaster and the staff of KADECO|
Figure 11; Pupils of NabigaPrimary School eating porridge for lunch!!!!
Figure 12;One of the staff members from KADECO taking a selfie with the pupils of Nabiga Primary School at lunch time.
Butumbiiri SDA nursery and primary school was established in the late 80s by the Seventh Day Adventist church. The school was set up on land which belongs to the church and its equivalent to 1½ acres though the headmaster wasn’t certain of the portion of land occupied by the school.
This school in 1995/96 declined and it was revived by a one Omijjo Jackson who is currently serving as the headmaster.
The school has classes right from pre-primary up to P.7. The total enrollment of pupils in the school is about one hundred sixty one (161) pupils. The school has a teaching staff of nine (9) teachers who are all non-professional for this job because of their education levels. Two of the teachers in this school are S.6 leavers while the rest are S.4 leavers. In terms of furniture, the school has seventeen (17) desks and thirty five (35) benches.
In the exams done by all schools in the country at the national level commonly known as Primary Leaving Exams (PLE), Butumbiiri SDA nursery and primary school always emerges the best in Namuganga sub-county with second grades only.
The school has faced a number of problems that have greatly affected the school negatively such as parents’ failure to pay school fees fully and on time hence leading the school management into indebtedness at the end of each and every term.
The school was also once set on fire in the year 2011 but the culprits who committed this offence were not traced to be brought to book and the village people instead cited that it was superstition “amayembe”. This came at a time when burning of people’s houses had become a normal thing.
When parents of these pupils are asked to pay for the lunch of their children, they decide to take them to other neighboring schools.
The school also faces a challenge of limited classrooms to accommodate all its pupils. In order to curb this problem the school decided to rent a building which is also in a dilapidated state. The school management pays twenty thousand shillings per month as rent for this building which appears also to be an extra burden.
The school also lacks essential scholastic materials and instructional materials which could help in improving the performance in the national exams. The salaries earned by the teachers are also still very low since each teacher earns one hundred thousand shillings per month which is not motivating at all. Teachers are provided with lunch (posho and beans) and breakfast (porridge, sometimes with sugar and on other days without sugar) every day.
The school has a school management committee (SMC) and it consists of the following members;
1. Mr. Bugembe (chairman)
2. Mr. Byakatonda Wilson (vice chairman)
3. Mr. Sikyomu Joseph (treasurer)
4. MukyalaYiga(committee member)
5. Mr. Ssentamu Stanley (committee member).
The parents of these pupils are mainly peasant farmers.
Lunch provided at school is mainly porridge.
Therefore KADECO organization is to come up with a strategic plan for Butumbiiri SDA nursery and primary school so as to address the challenges and lacks by coming up with sustainable solutions to these challenges
Strategic planning for Butumbiiri SDA primary school is slated to take place on 14th and 15th/August/2016.
Figure 13; Sign post of Butumbiiri SDA nursery and primary school
Figure 14; Bishop emeritus James Kaggya in the office of the headmaster, Mr. Omijjo Jackson
|Figure 15; how the school looked like when it had just been burnt|
Figure 16; pupils in one of their classes during a lesson
Figure 17; the building that the school rents to curb the problem limited classrooms.
|Figure 18; Bishop emeritus James Kaggya posing for a group photo with the teachers of Butumbiiri SDA nursery and primary school and the team from KADECO|
Figure 19; the pupils of Butumbiiri SDA nursery and primary school
Figure 20; Bishop emeritus James Kaggya, KADECO team, teachers and pupils of Butumbiiri SDA nursery and primary school posing for a group photo.
Seeta-Namanoga R/C primary school was established in around 1983 and 1984. Its on 7 acres of land. The school has a total enrollment four hundred forty four (444) pupils, with seven (7) standard classrooms while some pupils occupy the shades around school for their lessons
The school has classes right from pre-primary up to primary seven (P.7). Classes from nursery, P.1, P.2 and P.3 study from shades while the rest of the classes occupy the seven standard classrooms. Therefore this implies that a gap of seven standard classrooms exists. Due to inadequate classrooms, the school decided to use one of the old buildings as a class which put the life of the learners at a very high risk of losing their lives in case it collapses.
The school has both government employed teachers and PTA (Parents Teacher’s Association) employed teachers. That is six government employed teachers and three PTA employed teachers. All the government employed teachers are trained and qualified while the PTA trained teachers are not trained but they have the potential and ability to teach. There is therefore a teacher pupil ratio of 1:70.
Pupils are served with porridge at lunch time.
The school doesn’t have sufficient classrooms, latrines are also not enough at all and there is a lack staff quarters for teachers as admitted by the headmistress Mrs. Mirembe Betty.
Parents don’t provide their children with adequate scholastic materials which makes the teaching/learning process difficult for both the learners and the teacher and the learner.
The government has also failed to equip teachers with sufficient instructional materials such as text books which leads to the coverage of limited content and times it may lead to teaching of concepts that are no longer on the current syllabus.
The school doesn’t have its own water source such as a borehole and you find that water is fetched from a community borehole which is 1km away from the school premises.
On the other hand, regarding the national exams, the school has no UNEB center number and therefore its pupils sit their exams from Kasawo Public School. Ever since the school started it has never got a first grade.
Meetings with parents and teachers are always held, minutes taken but what they agree on is never implemented.
In a bid to address these challenges KADECO is going to help the school come up with a strategic plan for the school together with its stakeholders. Strategic planning for Seeta-Namanoga R/c primary school is slated to take place on 22nd and 23rd/August/2016
The school trains girls to play football. Pupils are also taught how to play music instruments such as drums, xylophones among others.
Figure 23; PLE performance of 2014
Figure 24; PLE performance of 2015
Figure 25; Bishop emeritus James Kaggya, staff of KADECO and teachers of Seeta-Namanoga posing for a group photo.
Figure 26; Pupils who play music instruments
Figure 27; Girls’ football team during training
Figure 28; One of the old buildings used as a class at the school
Maggwa c/u primary school is on 5 acres of land. It has a total enrollment of about three hundred nine (309) pupils. It has classes right from P.1 up to P.7
The school has over six government employed teachers and three private teachers. All the government employed teachers are trained and qualified while for the private teachers, two are trained and qualified while the other is a senior six vacist.
The class with the biggest population in this school has over fifty (50) pupils
Government pays five thousand shillings (5,000/=) for each and every child per term.
SCHOOL’S FEES STRUCTURE
P.1-P.4 Shs 10,000/= per term
P.5-P.6 Shs 15,000/= per term
P.7 Shs 30,000/= per term
There is too much witch craft and superstition from other schools such that pupils in Maggwa c/u primary school go to theirs.
The available structures are so dilapidated in a way that anytime, chances are high they may collapse.
There are no latrines for teachers but the pupils do have though they are not enough since girls use three units and boys use only two units.
There are no dressing rooms (changing rooms) that are of great importance to girls during menstruation.
Teachers have insufficient instructional materials.
Teacher’s quarters also require renovation since they are in a very poor state.
In order to address these problems, KADECO in partnership with the school’s stakeholders is to come up with a strategic plan for the school. Strategic planning for the school is slated to take place on 29th and 30th/August/2016.
|Figure 29; Sign post of Maggwa c/u primary school.|
|Figure 30; Bishop emeritus James Kaggya with one of the teachers of the school|
|Figure 31; Bishop emeritus James Kaggya at the headmaster’s house.|
|Figure 32; Teacher’s quarters at Maggwa c/u primary school|
|Figure 33; Bishop emeritus James Kaggya addressing the pupils of Maggwa c/u primary school|
|Figure 34; Bishop emeritus James Kaggya, KADECO staff and teachers of Maggwa c/u primary school|
|Figure 35; the latrine facility used by both girls and boys.|
|Figure 36; Bishop emeritus James Kaggya, KADECO team, teachers and pupils of Maggwa c/u primary school|