Married teachers within Ngora district are requesting to be assigned to schools where they can work alongside their spouses, aiming to prevent the risk of engaging in extramarital relationships with students.
This plea was recently voiced by Janet Beatrice Agoro, chairperson of the Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU) in Ngora. Agoro emphasized that both male and female teachers have expressed similar concerns and appeals to the education department for proximity to their partners.
Supporting the concept, Agoro suggested that posting married teachers in the same school or nearby could effectively deter such potential temptations.
In a cautionary tone, Stanley Okurut, the chairperson of the Parents Teachers’ Association (PTA) at Bishop Maraka College, warned educators against developing romantic relationships with students, emphasizing the legal consequences for any teacher found guilty of such misconduct.
Echoing this sentiment, UNATU’s national vice-chairperson, Grace Okwalinga, encouraged the teaching community to uphold their ethical standards while fulfilling their professional obligations.
These discussions took place during the UNATU Day celebrations at Ngora Deaf Unit School in Ngora district on October 5, 2023.