Teacher Shortage Looms in Uganda as Stress-Related Deaths Surge, UNATU Warns

KAMPALA, (UG)-Uganda has lost at least 1,278 teachers due to different ailments including accidents from 2021 to 2023.

This, according to a record from the Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) Secretariat, has left a gap in the teaching profession.

During a delegate conference in Kampala this week, the UNATU Chairperson, Zadock Tumuhimbise, said there are many teachers who died because of stress due to overwhelming unfulfilled demands.

The UNATU branch chairperson of Katakwi, Mr Santus Okot, fears that as a result of the deaths, a looming shortage of teachers in the country is imminent.

From January to November, 356 teachers have already died, of whom 272 are males, according to UNATU.

A delegate from the Lubaga branch, Mr Nobert Opira, attributes the alarming rate of death among teachers to immense levels of frustration among them due to poor working conditions.