BY JOACKIM KULE
Kasese District Local Government is currently overwhelmed by a huge number of teachers seeking early retirement from Public Service.
The district has over 246 grant-aided primary schools and 40 secondary schools with more than 2,000 teachers.
Mr. Eriab Begumya Ntarwete, the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer says in just a few months, more than 76 teachers have been granted early retirements from Public Service.
According to him, his office averagely receives about four applications of teachers seeking early retirement on a daily basis.
He says the rate at which some teachers are leaving the service is alarming and has remained a question to the district that is grappling with the challenge of understaffing in most institutions of learning.
Mr. Ntarwete, however, says they are planning to recruit more teachers and improve on the system in an attempt to bridge the gap of understaffing in most schools.
The Acting Kasese District Education Officer, Mr. Ernest Bwambale Thabugha says they are wondering why some teachers have lost self-esteem (confidence) amongst themselves.
Mr. Thabugha stresses that as new person in office, he will first work on mindset change so that teachers do not think they are the worst people in the communities that they come from.