Carlos Ojok, the GUASA General Secretary told URN that they cannot offer their services to students yet their demands are not being fulfilled. He disclosed that the teaching staff will report at their duty station but will not enter lecture rooms, adding that the strike will last until their demand is addressed.
at Gulu University have laid down their tools to push for salary increment. The
over lecturers under their umbrella Gulu University Academic Staff Association
(GUASA) laid down their tools this morning, saying they will not resume until
they receive communication from the government.
Carlos Ojok, the GUASA General Secretary told URN that they cannot offer their
services to students yet their demands are not being fulfilled. He disclosed
that the teaching staff will report at their duty station but will not enter
lecture rooms, adding that the strike will last until their demand is
Ojok explained that the strike stems from the failure of the Ministry of Education
and Sports and Ministry of Finance to increase their salaries as directed by
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in 2015. He explains that they have sent
communication to the Forum for Academic Staff Association in Public
Universities (FASPU) chaired by Deus Kamunyu and Gulu University Vice
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Walter Okot, the GUASA Chairperson notes their General Assembly, which met on
Friday last week resolve that they lay down their tools because of disparities
in salary enhancement since 2019.
James Onono Ojok, the Gulu University Assistant Public Relations Officer
confirmed the teaching strike by the teaching staff. He, however, says the
strike has yet affected the operations of the university because students are
The FASPU Chairperson, Deus Kamunyu said that the academic
staff are demanding that the government release Shillings 129.24 billion for
full enhancement of their salaries at all public universities noting that the
strike will spread across all public universities.
In 2015, President Yoweri Museveni promised to increase the salaries of teaching
staff in all public universities. The development would see a professor
earn Shillings 15 million and a senior lecturer Shillings 12.2 million.
However, the government phased the implementation of the directive for five
years. In the 2020/2021 Financial Year,
the government released Shillings 50 billion, which was only meant for
professors and associate professors who got 100 per cent increment and now earn
Shillings 15 million. The remaining staff haven’t got their enhancement.
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