Teachers play a vital role in shaping destinies of children by helping them to develop their cognitive and psychomotor dormains.
With the introduction of almost compulsory basic education in a number of african countries, the need for teachers has been on the rise to address the in flux of learners in schools.
Schools in Villages are normally the worst affected when it comes to teacher shortages as their counterparts in towns enjoy overstaffing.
This is because most colleagues prefer working in places where they can access amenities with ease.
The poor road network in village schools and lack of descent housing are normally a turnoff for many teachers.
Nevertheless, there is one school in Mulanda subcounty in Tororo district of Uganda where parents have taken the bull by it's horns by constructing grass thatched houses for teachers.
By making this initiative, they aim at keeping teachers at school to curb late coming and absenteeism.
According to daily monitor, the program is bearing fruits as some teachers who have taken up the houses are now always available to offer remedial lessons to learners.
Mr Samwel Oburu who is the Headteacher hailed the initiative saying that the houses couldn't have come at a better time.
"One might underlook the quality of these houses but to me, they have helped because I no longer quarrel with my teachers for coming late or absenting themselves,” he said.
“Besides, it has also improved the safety of school property and learning because the teachers are now able to give remedial lessons to the learners,” he added.
The district education officer thanked the parents under parents teachers association for the project adding that this will serve as an example to other districts.
Locally here in Kenya, there is equally a shortage of school houses for teachers with a majority renting in nearby shopping centres.
In some places where the shopping centres are very far and roads impassable during rainy season, teachers normally struggle alot.
This has contributed to high rate of teachers turnover in village schools as a majority opt for transfers to other more accessible schools.
There is need to give incentives to teachers in village schools to help keep them around for long.
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