The govenment, through the Teacher’s Service Commission, has selected 949 English tutors to train local primary and secondary school teachers how to appropriately conduct lessons in English.
Among the trainers, 341 were selected from Uganda and 616 are from within the country.
The selection follows the Ministry of Education advertisement seeking 1000 teachers from neighbouring countries, after the country’s switch from French to English as the language of instruction in schools.
Meeting the tutors, who are supposed to undergo a one-week induction course at EFOTEC in Kanombe, yesterday, Emmanuel Muvunyi, the Executive Director of the Teachers Service Commission, said that over 1400 teachers had applied and had to go through vigorous process of screening.
“We were very keen on the selection process because we wanted competent well-qualified teachers who will be able to deliver the right material and the new techniques that our local teachers need,” said Muvunyi.
He revealed that over 45,000 local teachers will go through five weeks of training starting from November 22.
According to the Teachers Service Commission officials, the training will mainly focus on developing communication skills.
Muvunyi said the government embarked on building English language teaching capacity of all primary and secondary school teachers by organising and conducting English language training since last year.