The ministry of education and and sports has said that all students enrolling for teaching courses starting from academic year 2021/2022 will now study for four years instead of three years as it has been.
The Education ministry spokesman, Dr Denis Mugimba, said the fourth year of study for a teaching scholar will be for internship to be supervised by a proposed Uganda National Teachers’ Council (UNTC), which will in turn award practising licences to future teachers.
“We want our teachers to have more hands-on [knowledge] than being too theoretical. Some teachers might graduate after their three years of study, but when they are incompetent,” he said.
Currently, under-graduate education courses last three years, inclusive of teaching practice, and increasing the study period will up the costs to pursue a qualification without guarantee of a job or higher salary.
Mr Filbert Baguma, the secretary general of the Uganda National Teachers’ Union (Unatu), said “it is worth it because the teaching profession has been lacking in terms of professionalism. If it has to match with other professionals like lawyers and doctors, four years are nothing.”
However news about the proposal to extend teachers’ training to four years and strictly at degree level played out as music to the ears of the teaching fraternity.