ARUA. The head of the statehouse anti-corruption unit Lt Col Edith Nakalema has rallied teachers across the country to partner with all corruption-fighting institutions to eliminate the vice.
Nakalema said this can be done through the sensitization of those that are ignorant, building what she termed as humanism in students and advocating for the exposure of all the corrupt people.
“You teachers spend a lot of time with the children and have the opportunity to influence them so that they are not eaten up by the cancer of corruption”, she said
“We should encourage the children to work to earn a living but not the culture of getting rich quickly, I ask you to live exemplary lives because actions speak better than words” she further said.
Nakalema speaking on the topic; the Role of teachers in fighting corruption said the government had put in different measures through laws and institutions to fight the vice but still up to Shs 2trillion is lost in corruption as of the year 2018.
The secondary school heads gathered across the country were holding their annual general meeting under their umbrella, the association of secondary school headteachers of Uganda (ASSHU).
Nakalema said all corruption in the form of Bribes, collusion, fraud, extortion, favouritism must be exposed and shamed.
She said through their eight months of operations, her office despite being small has overseen sh700 million recovered, 99 people produced in court and five convicted.
Mr Sam Kuloba, the commissioner secondary schools in the ministry of education and sports expressed concerns that many schools were over examining their students while ignoring the important aspect of curriculum coverage.
He said some of the papers are scheduled as early as 4:00 am in the morning because of the many examinations the students have to sit and yet ‘many of the examination setting bodies are suspicious’.
Mr George Andama, the chairman of the headteachers in West Nile region hailed the landmark opportunity of hosting the event with over 2500 headteachers and their deputies descending on the to-be city of Arua.
However, organizers were forced to apologize after the numbers overwhelmed them, despite previously holding big events like the education symposium, the health sciences hall at the university was filled to capacity with hundreds of others seated at the balconies and yet more were seated in tents outside.
The University administration said organizers were given options including holding the event outside like the just concluded Uganda-German investment symposium.
The two-day event which was also among others addressed by the permanent secretary Ministry of education and sports and other local leaders are expected to end on 6th September.