I became a professional teacher in 2006 and taught mathematics in some secondary schools in Uganda and South Sudan. During my training my friends advised me to do school practice in a primary teacher Education (PTC) and teach in a PTC after finishing the course because this is where I could best teach the skills I learnt in physical education. This did not work out immediately after finishing but I knew it was a good dream that one day it will become true with the help of God.
In September 2011 I got this golden chance to work in YTTC as a tutor for Physical and Mathematics education as well as head of department for games and sports.
With the introduction of the new PTE curriculum by Kyambogo University, teaching P.E needs to be done practically rather than theoretical. This makes the students to graduate with excellent skills for teaching P.E in the primary schools. Unlike other subjects, P.E is taught practically in the primary school and in all the classes. Our students are loved by the pupils especially during school practice as they teach the discipline practically. Children learn better when teaching is punctuated with plays.
This picture shown is for in-service students-‘Lainya group’ attending a lesson at Sagavoll stadium; YTTC’s sports ground recently. They are learning athletics activities for lower primary and this particular one is called “Tail tag”. Learning them practically enables the students to know how the games are played and taught.
By Abigo Sam.