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Teachers at Bulambuli Resettlement Camp School Go 8 Months Without Pay

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Michael Kitutu, the head teacher of the school, says the school has a challenge of teachers who haven’t been paid since the school started. He says parents tried to contribute some money for teachers in the nursery section but failed along the way.
25 Feb 2020 10:41
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It is now 8 months since a primary school was set up in Bunambutye resettlement camp in Bulambuli district. 

The school, which operates in a big tarpaulin, was set up to provide temporary space for learners displaced from landslide prone areas as government plan for better facilities.

Located in Bunambutye resettlement camp, the school serves over 1050 pupils from nursery to primary seven. However, the teachers haven’t received a penny since the school set up in June last year.

Michael Kitutu, the head teacher of the school, says the school has a challenge of teachers who haven’t been paid since the school started. 

He says parents tried to contribute some money for teachers in the nursery section but failed along the way. According to Kitutu, the biggest challenge is that the school hasn’t been coded, which means they can’t receive Universal Primary Education-UPE funds.

He explains that the teachers are uncertain about their stay at the school since they were posted orally without appointment letters.   

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Teachers who preferred anonymity told URN that since they joined the school in June last year, they only received Shillings 50,000 as salary and are now struggling to cope with the situation.  

“At the beginning life was good; we were given Shillings 50,000 and later Shillings 20,000 in the next month. From that time we have not received anything and the authorities keep telling us that we wait for the coding of the school” one of the teachers said. 

“We have been managing as individuals and depending on the support of parents and the neighboring communities” added another. 

Rehema Mulongo, the General Secretary Bunambutye resettlement camp decried the conditions, under which the school is operating. She says the tarpaulin, which acts as classrooms is congested and has started getting torn.  

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URN has since learnt that the money meant for coding the school was allegedly swindled by the Bulambuli district Officials.  Last month, Police arrested two district officials including Judith Nagudi, the Bulambuli Chief Accountant and District Education Officer, Abraham Wagwasala for allegedly misusing Shillings 50 Million meant for coding the school to allow it access UPE funds.    

Efforts to reach the Bulambuli District Education Officer for a comment were futile as his known phone number was off. However, during the second phase of the relocation of the landslide victims to Bunambutye camp, Rose Nakabugo, the Assistant Commissioner in Charge of Disaster Preparedness and Management told journalists that the office of the Prime Minister is aware of the challenges the school is facing and they were devising means of sorting them out. 

“There are some few challenges here and there for example teachers haven’t been paid their salaries but these are things we shall discuss with the ministry of education and we will sort them out soon” she said.

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