Three top officials of Microfinance Support Centre and one teacher are accused of stealing 10.8 billion shillings that was meant for helping private school teachers who have not been earning anything since the lock down, through their Savings and Credit Societies.
When Mrs Jill Kentaro, a grade three teacher, stepped forward to face her first class in 1986, she had 40 eager pupils to instruct. 28 years later, Kentaro struggles to teach a class of 130 pupils in Kampala Capital City Council Authority Kamwokya Primary School.
Tweheyo says the industrial action is still on and urges teachers to stay home. According to the statement, UNATU leaders at regional and branch level will convene on Monday for an urgent meeting to discuss the progress and plan of the strike.
Several schools in down town Kampala today opened with only head teachers and their deputies in attendance. Many parents also opted to keep their children at home strike by the teachers began to bite. Amidst intimidations and threats of sacking, many teachers remained at home a few of those who turned up remained cagey on for how long they will maintain the industrial action.
This was rejected by UNATU, which requested the ministry to draft a Memorandum of Understanding specifying guidelines on how the funds would be accessed in vain. As a result, UNATU went ahead and drafted memorandum which they presented to the ministry.
The parliamentary committee on education and sports has said it will not approve the appropriation of the 5 billion shillings earmarked for Uganda National Teachers Union (Unatu) SACCO citing disorganization within the association. The 5 billion shillings was allocated to the teachers SACCO in the 2013/2014 budget.
President Museveni, in this financial year, allocated 5 billion shillings to teachers inform of SACCO money to help them carry out personal development. Stephen Legesi, the National Treasurer UNATU, told the Education committee that currently the Union is carrying out consultations with Bushenyi Teachers SACCO and that of Masaka.
The increment was to be implemented in installments as follows; in Financial Year 2012-2013 the first installment of 15% was to be made and this was provided in the previous financial year, in Financial Year 2013-2014 government was supposed to provide the 20% installment and the next financial year too government is expected to provide 15% as value increment.
Teachers will starting next financial year receive salary increment of about 15% if governmentâ€™s proposal is approved by parliament. Government is proposing to set aside 313.6 billion shillings for the teachers who have over the last year gone on strike several times over their pay. The proposal will see budgetary allocation in education sector increases from 1.4 trillion shillings to 1.6 trillion.