While addressing the Buganda Lukiiko on Monday, Mayiga said that Arts teachers are equally important to the nation as those of Sciences since professions in the different fields of study complement each other.
The Katikkiro of Buganda, Charles Peter Mayiga has
appealed to government to give equitable pay to both Arts and Science teachers in
order to solve the current strike in schools.
While addressing the Buganda Lukiiko on Monday,
Mayiga said that Arts teachers are equally important to the nation as those of
Sciences since professions in the different fields of study complement each
The Katikkiro said that when Scientists develop
medicines, they need people like Accountants, marketers, human resource
managers and other people from professions under the Arts.
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Mayiga said that as a matter of urgency, government
needs to start a process of addressing the huge disparities in the existing
government salary structures. He said that this will help solve the rampant
strikes by civil servants who receive different pay yet they are at the same
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This statement comes
at a time when classes at different schools remain under lock and key despite
the government pressure on teachers to return to class or risk losing their
Last week, teachers
under the Uganda National Teachers Union laid down their tools to compel the
government to give them equitable pay across the board. The strike
continues despite threats from different government officials to
scrap the teachers off the payroll unless they return to class.
In a circular
addressed to teachers last week, Catherine Bitarakwate, the Permanent Secretary
of the Ministry of Public Service gave the striking teachers an
ultimatum to return to duty in two days or resign from duty.
Bitarakwate, teachers who would abscond from duty after the two days would
automatically be considered absent and risk being scrapped off the payroll. She
asked Chief Administrative Officers and town clerks to carry out inspections
and take note of the teachers who are absent.
Members under UNATU are
striking in protest of what they are referring to as the government's unfair
salary structure and demand for a review of the proposed pay plan for all
teachers regardless of their teaching subjects.
While reading the
budget for the financial year 2022/2023, Finance Minister Matia Kasaija noted
that the government had enhanced salaries for science teachers. The increment
saw graduate science and grade V teachers' pay pushed 4 million shillings and 3
million shillings up from shillings 1.1 million and 796,000 shillings
However, the move has since raised dust in the
Education sector with primary teachers and those teaching humanities and arts
in post-primary institutions saying that the move was inconsiderate thus
announcing a sit-down strike in demand for equality and harmonization of salary
enhancement among teachers.