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.
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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Primary School was established to cater for children of landslide victims
relocated from Bududa district.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.