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1 Feb 2009
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Caning is banned. But
some teachers still cane
and use other physical
punishments. Tell us
your stories of why this is happening (we
do not have to publish your names). How do
you feel when you punish a pupil? How do
you think the pupil feels? How else can you
discipline your pupils? Send your true stories
of discipline and punishment to PO Box
22633, Kampala and win a 2009 diary. MOES
has published a book: Alternatives to corporal punishment.
For a copy, call E Kusemererwa, Acting Principal Education
0ftoer, 077-2-430825, or go to vour nearest P1C.
ave you ever been told
that you are a good
teacher? How did you feel
about it? You certainly felt
Think about what makes a
good teacher, a teacher who
is appreciated by pupils,
parents, fellow teachers and
Swaibu Kawooya, headteacher
Kyambogo PS says, "A good
teacher is a person who conducts
himself or herself professionally."
Being professional means you:
º aro always proparod
º havo knowlodgo of your subIocf
º porform your work offocfivoly
º conducf yoursolf woll
º havo a posifivo affifudo
º caro for your pupils
º manago your fimo woll
º focus on fho posifivo sido of
These qualities will enable you to
command respect as explained by
SomuIIu William, hoadfoachor of
Kasubi C/U PS, Kampala:
"A good teacher must have good
customer care. My pupils and
parents are my clients. Children
tell parents about good and bad
teachers. We must listen and give
respect to children and parents.
I look at teaching as a call to
serve. Now I have been rewarded."
SomuIIu was ono of fho
headteachers recognised for
excellent performance at the
Teacher's Day celebrations on 6
October, 2008 in Kampala.
Yes, doing your best pays and
makos you fool good. If promofos
offocfivo loarning and foaching.
Beware of alcohol abuse and other
bohaviours fhaf can undormino
eing professional means
making suro fhaf pupils
apply what you teach
fhom fo fhoir livos. You
need to be responsible and
havo solufions fo pupils'
A professional teacher
is guided by the code of
conduct, plans lessons well,
and does not waste time
You should be
croafivo, lovo your
Iob and mind ovory
Assess and help each
child in your class.
alcohol has made
unprofessional. Alcohol leads
to failure to perform. The
teacher's code of conduct
spoaks of alcohol as a "don'f"
If you spond fimo drinking,
you will fail fo mark books,
givo homowork, sof fosfs and
help the slow learners.
Teachers now upgrade
Whon do you gof
time to upgrade or
for your family if
you spend most of
your fimo drinking7
Dr Nkaada Daniel,
Gonsya Richard, headteacher, Kibuye
Mapeera PS, Kampala, is our star
headteacher. He always picks Young
Talk copies for his pupils from
the Post Office on time and sends
messages to say he has picked them.
helps pupils to write to Young Talk.
copy of 'What's
(not) happening in
Teachers, if you have
not received your
Young Talk copies,
text Straight Talk on
Write to Teacher Talk,
PO Box 22366, K'la
and win a 2009 diary.
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"A child is the first
inspector for every
Live up to the highest standards of the teaching profession
pupils' performance - MoES
The 2008 PLE results show a decline
in performance. Out of the 463,631
candidates who sat the PLE in 2008, only
17,021 (3.7%) passed in division one. In
contrast, in 2007, 7.6% of pupils passed
in division one. The failure rate also rose
from 13.5% in 2007 to 20% in 2008. A
total of 89, 306 pupils failed the exam.
Matthew Bukenya, the UNEB secretary,
says the poor performance is due to
teacher and pupil absenteeism, late
reporting to school and early departure.
However, even schools in Kampala saw
a drop in division one passes. They fell
from 30% in 2007 to 13% in 2007. This
suggests that pupils experienced the exam
as harder across the entire country.
In all, 33.4% of pupils passed in division
two, 29.9% in division three and 13.8%
in division four. Some districts had fewer
than five pupils in division one; for
example, Amuru had just one and Manafa
2008 PLE results
2008 PLE results
Teacher Talk, February 2009
What makes a good teacher?
teacher respects him/
herself, is welcoming
and is ready to
help learners solve
"Being a teacher means being a
role model to others in character
and deeds. I use
with people of
"I do not quarrel
in public or go to bars. What will
people think when they see a teacher
coming from a bar or a kibanda?" F
Araat, St Peter's Nsambya PS
"A good teacher is
smart, keeps time
and is patient with
the children." E
not be shabbily
hair, beards, untucked shirts,
slippers, open shoes, unpolished
shoes, jeans and T-shirts have no
place in the classroom. Such a
teacher is not ready to teach." M
Ager, Lalak PS, Kitgum
organized and plan
for the day, term
and year. That's
hen you stand before the pupils, there
is a message you pass on to them by
the way you talk, behave and dress. Avoid
untidy or inappropriate dress-
ing that will draw their atten-
tion away from what you are
teaching. You also need to
avoid vulgar language.
Ladies, your dress or skirt needs
to be below the knee.
Your top or blouse needs to be:
ºWoar fidy and comforfablo shoos
that do not distract the attention
ºAlways havo noaf hair
º Juck in your shirf and novor
wear T-shirts in class (you can
wear them when not on duty).
º Shavo your hair and board.
º Woar closod shoos (nof sandals).
Come to school early
º Koop fimo. º Como fo school oarly and bo in class af fho
righf fimo. º Ðo nof loavo school immodiafoly affor your
losson. º Sfick around fo holp pupils wifh probloms.
Listen to and counsel pupils
Being professional goes beyond teach-
ing in class. Take time to counsel
your pupils and get to know
Do not take bribes
Taking money from parents
to pay attention to their
children is wrong. Treat
your pupils equally. Pay
attention to each and every
pupil in your class.
Avoid all "bad touches"
The vast majority of teach-
ers would never behave in a
sexual manner with pupils.
Unfortunately, a small
minority actually do have
sex with them. This is an extraordinary crime, legally and
morally. Novor havo sox wifh your pupils. If you know of
any teacher sexually abusing a child, report him.
Headteachers, if a teacher
is diverting from the Teacher's Code
of Conduct, it is your duty to remind
him or her to be professional.
Call a moofing wifh all your sfaff fo roviow fho
Codo of Conducf
ºBoginning of form is idoal for such moofings
º Idonfify and highlighf commonly-violafod
aroas in fho Codo of Conducf
º Puf in placo your own by-laws fo promofo
professionalism in your school.
By Peter Ocaya, Rangira PS, Kitgum
Hang the Code of Conduct where teachers will see it
tarting this term,
lower primary has a
new curriculum based on
themes. To de-congest
the curriculum, which
was too crowded, some
subjects have been
pushed from P1 to P2,
some from P2 to P3, and
some from P3 to P4.
This new curriculum
will create more time for
pupils to grasp the core
competencies of reading
For P4, a new curriculum
is being piloted based
on subjects. Pupils will
do seven subjects down
from 10. These are
English, science, math,
music, dance and drama;
SST, local language; and
Talk your paper.
Write to PO Box
22366, K'la. All
letters will win
Talk dairies. We
have 1000 to
A professional is
neat, tidy, respectable,
Extracts from the Teacher's
Code of Conduct
A teacher shall:
Project a good image in the community.
Respect and implement school rules.
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Teacher Talk, Feb 2009
you can suggest he gets help
º Soronify Confro,
º \ganda Youfh Ðovolopmonf Link:
º Roligion and Alcoholics
º Jho Nafional Alcohol Ðrug Clinic,
º Mulago Hospifal, ward 16, or any
monfal hoalfh unifs in a roforral
Justus Twesigye, psychiatric social
worker at Makerere
says people who
struggle with alco-
hol need to avoid
friends who encour-
age them to drink.
Alcohol can ruin you
lcohol abuso sfarfs wifh drinking
for company and passing fimo.
Sfoadily you incroaso fho amounf
of alcohol you fako. Ðvonfually you
bocomo dopondonf on alcohol.
Pooplo who aro alcohol dopondonf
usually cannof sfop drinking onco
fhoy havo sfarfod. Jhoy fool anxious,
sick and swoafy if fhoy cannof gof a
drink. Jhoy nood fo drink moro and
moro alcohol fo fool ifs affocf
Romombor ovory foachor
is a counsolor, and you
can holp colloaguos
avoid or gof ovor alcohol
Somo pooplo drink
bocauso if holps fhom
forgof probloms. Joll
your colloaguo fhaf
alcohol will nof mako
fho probloms go away.
Joll him ho doos nof nood fo drink fo
fif in wifh frionds. Holp him fo avoid
drinking groups fhaf will push him fo
Somo mon fhink fhaf if shows
sfrongfh for a man fo gof drunk now
and fhon. Jhaf is nof fruo. Joll your
colloaguo fhaf goffing drunk shows
porsonal woaknoss nof sfrongfh.
Onco a foachor has roalisod fhaf
alcohol is hurfing fho pooplo around
him, whaf can ho do7
£irsf, ho noods fo admif
fhaf ho has a problom.
Ho musf bo honosf wifh
himsolf. Somo pooplo
aro ablo fo simply sfop
drinking. Moro offon
pooplo nood holp and
supporf. You can bo
parf of fhaf supporf.
If counseling fails,
Alcohol abuse is not a joke: help teachers with problems
lcoholism is a chronic
disease. You may keep going
back to drink, which means that
it can be hard to escape from it.
Sadly, there are teachers who
suffer from this disorder.
Profossionally, a foachor who is
impairod by alcohol cannof mofivafo
pupils or command fhoir loyalfy.
Somo foachors aro drunk in class or
firod from drinking fho nighf boforo.
Ovordrinking is nof Iusf a problom of
individuals buf also of communifios.
Whoro mon drink in groups, fhoy can
puf prossuro on ofhors fo drink a lof
or gof drunk.
Somo pooplo boliovo fhaf alcohol
holps fhom fo copo wifh probloms.
\nforfunafoly if usually makos
probloms worso. Teacher Talk askod
foachors in Joso abouf fho impacf of
"£amilios of pooplo who drink foo
much faco omofional pain. You
A foachor shall nof foach undor
fho influonco of alcohol or drugs
or como fo school whilo drunk.
Teacher's Code of Conduct
bocomo a pormanonf sfross fo fhom.
Childron aro novor proud of paronfs
who drink." Malinga C, Akoboi PS,
¨I sonf a foachor homo bocauso ho
was sfaggoring. Joachors sfay away
whon fhoy havo hangovor. Jhoy
aro foo woak fo
foach.¨ B Morulem,
Loss of income
wifhdrow his salary
from fho bank.
Ho passod by a bar and gof drunk.
Jho monoy was sfolon.¨ J Odeke,
Magoro PS, Katakwi.
Poor work ethic
¨Alcohol makos you loso sonsos. You
can havo rolafionships wifh pupils.¨
Epodoi M, Ococia PS, Amuria
Violence and injury
"A colloaguo usod fo
boaf pupils whon ho
camo fo school drunk.
Ho would fighf wifh
his wifo. Anofhor
fimo ho foll off his
bicyclo and hurf his
faco. ¨ Amoding A,
Orungo PS, Amuria
¨A colloaguo smollod of alcohol.
Wo folf inconvonioncod in fho sfaff
room.¨ Opolot M, Toroma Girls,
Jho Nafional HIV/AIÐS Sfrafogic
Plan says oxcossivo alcohol is a
drivor of HIV. Ðxplains foachor J
Ocaboi of Orungo PS, Amuria: ¨Jho
opposifo sox bocomos boaufiful.
You wanf fo havo sox wifh fhom and
Alcohol and HIV
noglocf your parfnor, who may havo
sox wifh somoono olso.¨
Somo pooplo say fhaf alcohol cools
you down, whon you aro frusfrafod.
Jhis is nof fruo. If you woro angry
boforo you had a drink, alcohol will
mako you fool ovon moro frusfrafod.
Jhaf is fho frufh. Ðomosfic violonco,
alcohol and HIV go fogofhor.
Star schools 8QLYHUVLW\+LOOV36
Pupils in fhoso schools sonf fho mosf loffors fo Young
Talk lasf form. Ðach school wins one football and
netball. Ðach pupil who wrofo in will gof a Young Talk
exercise book. Holp your school fo shino. Supporf
pupils fo wrifo fo Young Talk, PO Box 22366, K'la.
Not funny: this is a family tragedy;
the children are frightened.
If a headteacher is
drinking too much and
counseling has failed
to help, the School
and sub-county Education
Officers should report it to
the CAO, who will forward
the matter to the District
Service Commission (DSC)
for disciplinary action.
If a teacher is drinking
too much, the headteacher
will make a report to the
DEO, who will forward the
matter to the CAO before it
goes to the DSC.
Disciplinary action can be
suspension, salary cut or
Alcohol abuse starts as
drinking for company
Teacher Talk, Feb 2009
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STRAIGHT TALK FOUNDATION
eachers in Semuto, Nakaseke
have started sensitizing pupils,
teachers and parents on the signs
of malaria in children. They do this
through Music, Dance and Drama.
"Seven teachers from Millenium
PS, Crane PS, Bright
Future PS and Fort
School started the
Project after real-
izing that many par-
ents and teachers
did not know the
signs of malaria,"
Educators of Excellency Awards for teachers
Teachers are key to national
development. At the World
Teachers' Day celebrations on 6
Oct 2008, the Uganda Teachers
Union (UNATU) recognized
excellent teachers with
Educators of Excellency (EoE)
awards for the best headteachers
Legesi Stephen, the treasurer of
UNATU, says that to win a teacher or
º Bo good managors.
º Mako suro fhoir school is
represented in all events organised
by the education office.
º Always rospond fo roquosfs from
the education office.
º Bo good foam playors.
Many teachers and headteachers
countrywide won EoE awards,
including headteachers Peter Akol,
Kachede PS, Bukedea; Arige Cecilia
Otianga, Toromo Girls PS, Katakwi;
and Mariam Kaggwa, Luzira PS,
Kampala. These awards will be
given every year to compliment the
Customised Performance Targets
introduced by the MOES. Watch out
and start doing what it takes to get
PEP protects you from HIV
the virus from establishing itself
in the body. This treatment
is called Post Exposure
Dr Edith Nakku from the Mulago
STD clinic says PEP is effective
within two days from the time of
rape or defilement. You need to act
fast and get to the hospital within
those two days.
What is PEP?
PEP is a four week course of
antiretroviral tablets (ARVs) taken
to stop HIV from entering your
body's cells, multiplying and "taking
root". ARVs are the medicines that
people who have HIV take to control
When you go for PEP, the doctor will
first test you for HIV. If you test HIV-
negative, you will receive PEP. For
females can also be given emergency
family planning to stop pregnancy.
Often rape survivors waste time by
first going to LCs and police. Please
go first for PEP then to the police.
PEP is free and anybody who is raped
or defiled, boys included, is entitled
to free PEP at any government
health unit near you that has ARVs.
Teachers, treat pupils
as your children
not sexual partners.
Defiling them leads to
loss of jobs and HIV.
Alukonzi D, Kololo
Through Teacher Talk,
we have got knowledge
to handle adolescents in
primary schools living
positively with HIV.
We can help children
affected and infected
with HIV. Headteachers
have learnt to deal with
send girls to school.
We need a positive
attitude towards girls’
education. Odongo D,
Laroo Boarding PS,
Letting off steam: teachers in
Kampala dance during the
celebrations at St Jude PS, Naguru.
n 2008, a new education act was
passed. The Education (Pre-
primary, Primary and Post-primary)
Act, 2008 makes primary education
compulsory for all children of school
going age. Local governments have
been given the responsibility to
enforce this law. They are expected
to develop by-laws to deal with
parents who do not take children
fo school. Jho now law roquiros
parents to feed and dress their
Changes in SMC
he number of members of
the School Management
Committees (SMC) has gone up
from 9 to 12. SMCs were made up
of members from the foundation
bodies, representatives of the Chief
Education Officer and parents’
representatives. Now SMCs will
have parent representatives,
LCs, Old Boys and Girls, and
representatives of the foundation
body. The aim is to improve
school management. SMCs will be
approved by Local Governments
and not the Director of Education.
The thematic curriculum is
a must in P1 - P3 since 2007.
Pupils are taught using themes
and local language. In the last
Teacher Talk, we asked teachers
about it. Thanks for your letters.
We are sending you diaries!
"The thematic curriculum helps
pupils to master their language, both
spoken and written." Nabukeera J,
Tuzukuke PS, Wakiso
"The riddles, songs, drama, games
and proverbs in the local language
keep the class
lively. There is
in all activities.
I take my class
learn from the
Local language keeps
classes lively and fun
Teachers, the community looks
up to you: Tell your pupils and communities
about PEP. Help those who are defiled to get
PEP. PEP prevents HIV infection. It does not
"cure" in people who already have the virus.
out to look for
"Children understand better when
taught in local language. It builds
their confidence. I send pupils to get
banana fibre, palm leaves for making
mats over the weekend." Malemo C,
Busitema PS, Busia.
"Local language brings a close
relationship between the teacher
and pupils."Aliga A, Lomunga PS,
"We assess the children continuously.
We divide them up into streams then
into smaller groups which we observe
and talk to." Aluka
J, Ajuket PS,
Pupils living with HIV are
increasing in schools.
How do you handle such
children? Share your true
experiences with Teacher
Talk. Write to PO Box 22366
K'la and win a 2009 diary.
EoE winner Semujju GW, Headteacher,
Kasubi C/U PS in Kampala says: "I
have meetings where I consult staff
on all matters."
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