Ugandan teachers to lose jobs over concealing homosexuality

Patricia Lindrio
Posted November 29, 2013 from Uganda

According to the revised Teaching Service Regulations and Teachers’ Professional Code of Conduct, the new guidelines state that teachers in Uganda will lose their jobs if they do not report acts of homosexuality and lesbianism. In the amended Code of Conduct, such immorality will be regarded as acts of misconduct which will earn a teacher dismissal or retirement in public interest.

Homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda and its promotion or concealment automatically amounts to aiding a Criminal. This is a bad precedent for Uganda and the Uganda Education Service Commission , to make such a strong stand towards violation of freedoms. Schools are responsible for providing a safe learning environment for all students, however for most LGBT students, school is not a safe place. Making the teachers governments villans in this story does not help towards creating such an environment, it becomes a conflict between the ministry and the teachers themselves.

The environment for LGBT students in Uganda is already hostile, putting them under constant policing by their teachers will worsen the predicament of LGBT students in Uganda, this simply meaning low grades and increase in drop outs by LGBT students. As if bullying in schools isn't enough from their peers, the state has created pawns through teachers to foster this culture and put LGBT students in a very dark corner, leaving them helpless and at the mercy of their would be protectors and sometimes their only source of comfort , understanding and relief from the daily bullying.

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  • Julie Collura
    Dec 08, 2013
    Dec 08, 2013

    Oh, Patsy, this makes my heart heavy. You know I love Uganda. And I believe most Ugandans to be open, welcoming, and loving. I hope someday the government recognizes the equal rights of all Ugandans. I stand with you. Julie

  • Patricia Lindrio
    Dec 14, 2013
    Dec 14, 2013

    thanks for loving Uganda Julie and being such a great ally .You are amazing! Uganda loves you too.

  • Phinnie
    Dec 25, 2013
    Dec 25, 2013

    Patsy-- Thank you for your commitment to human rights and freedom for all! Your commitment is inspiring! Please be safe! PEACE!