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Some of the teachers interviewed by URN said they decided to lay down their tool after pleading with the district to pay them in vain. Winnie Nandudu, a P3 Class teacher they have been teaching on unfulfilled promises yet they trek long distances to the school.
Pupils at Bunambutye Primary school playing during class ours

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Teachers at Bunambutye Camp Primary School in Bunambutye Sub County in Bulambuli district have finally laid down their tools over unpaid salaries.  The teachers have gone eight months without pay since they were deployed by the district to the school on June 19th, 2019.

The teachers laid down their tool on Friday last week leaving pupils to play around the school compound.  They have vowed not to return to class unless their demands are met. 

URN visited the school on Tuesday morning and found the teachers seated in a tent, which acts as staffroom while learners were busy playing in the compound. Some of the teachers interviewed by URN said they had decided to lay down their tool after pleading with the district to pay them in vain. 

Winnie Nandudu, a P3 Class teacher they have been teaching on unfulfilled promises yet they trek long distances to the school. According to Nandudu, in addition to nonpayment, they have never been provided teaching materials to help them conduct lessons.  

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Fatuma Nabonya, another teacher says they have worked tirelessly to teacher the pupils but it seems government doesn’t appreciate their efforts. She says they are busy offering services to other people’s children while theirs are at home seated since they can’t afford tuition because of none payment.

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Fred Gidudu, a P7 science teacher says they are uncertain about their future in the school since they were posted without appointment letters. He says that they have never received any scholastic material like text books since they joined the school in June last year.

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Robert Wafula, a P.6 teacher the authorities promised them transport and housing allowances when they were posted but nothing has happened. He says they only received Shillings 50000 in the fast week of their posting.    

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Samson Gidudu, another teacher says many people refer to them as volunteers, adding that they have never received any official communication from the people who posted them to the school as to why they have never received payment.     

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Michael Kitutu, the Head teacher Bunambutye Primary School told our reporter that the Inspector of Schools and Sports officer visited the school following the strike and promised to work the challenges soon.  

He however, says teachers have vowed not to call off the strike until their grievances are addressed even when he has advised them to return to class.

   

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Parents and pupils have also called upon the relevant authorities to intervene in the teachers’ problems such that lessons can resume.  

 

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Peter Paaks Pek, the Bulambuli Resident District Commissioner told Uganda Radio Network that the issue of the teachers is being handled by government.    

He said that the money, which was meant for the coding of the school, was swindled by some district officials but he has since managed to recover it. 

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Bunambutye Camp Primary School was established to cater for children of landslide victims relocated from Bududa district.

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