Teachers on Government payroll in Lira City have called off
their industrial action over unpaid salaries.
When schools commenced on 9th May 2022, the Lira teachers like others countrywide welcomed learners back to school but barely a week after, they laid down their tools and learners are not being taught because the teachers
have not been paid.
The over 1,200 teachers from government-aided schools in Lira
City have not received their salaries since March.
However, Edward Ayoo, the Lira City Teacher's Coordinator now says
they are calling off strike because they have been assured of payment by end of
He urged his fellow teachers to go back to teaching and called upon
head teachers to offer necessary support to their teachers since many of them are
traumatized because of the unpaid salaries.
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Anna Erung the Chairperson Uganda National Teacher's Union
for Lira City called upon teachers to start teaching saying the city council
has written to UNATU, requesting them to allow teachers go back to class
because the payment is expected to be effected by June 2, 2022.
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Meanwhile Isaac Ocoo, the Head Teacher Lira Secondary school
in Lira City West Division is not worried whether or not teachers on government
teachers’ resumes teaching or not because he has enough teachers being paid by
the school as well as student teachers on school practice to help the learners.
“We have different categories of teachers," he said. "We have teachers
who are locally paid and we have teachers who are in for school practice so the
ones who were not affected are doing the work normally and they were helping
us in the day to day running of the school.”
Records show that
Parliament of Uganda has approved a 3.9Bn supplementary budget for paying teachers from
government aided learning institutions in Lira City where primary school is
allocated Shs.2.6Bn, Shs.1.1Bn for secondary schools whereas Shs.49.8million
shillings has been allocated for tertiary institution. However, the money is yet to be released to the City's account.