By Martha Nakimuli
The ministry of Education and Sports PS Dr Grace Nasaali Lukwago revealed yesterday that teacher graduate recruitment in Uganda has shrunk by 53%.
Addressing the annual Education Sector Review workshop at Hotel Africana in Kampala,Lukwago said that the funding gaps in the sector budget were to blame for the shortfall in staffing.
She noted that coupled with an annual four per cent attrition rate for teachers, it means that the sector could find it even harder to get the teachers it needs to improve the quality of education in the country.
According to the permanent secretary, the sector currently employs some 160,000 primary and secondary school teachers across the country.
At the attrition rate of four per cent, the sector is losing some 6,400 teachers every year. The sector had planned to recruit at least 6,800 mostly science teachers last financial year.