District Kadhi has warned that more girls could get pregnant again due to
the ongoing teachers' strike over salary increments.
According to Luwero District Health report, at least 16,163 girls below the age
of 19 years got pregnant in the 2020/21 financial year. Of these, 442 were
below 15 years of age.
Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa the Luwero District Kadhi explains that several girls
were impregnated in COVID 19 lockdown because they stayed home over a long
period and faced several temptations.
Mulindwa says that there was excitement when the government lifted the COVID 19
lockdown and learners returned to school.
But Mulindwa noted that the excitement is short-lived because girls are back
home and loitering in towns which may expose them to teenage pregnancies and
hence drop out of school.
since asked the government to address the grievances of the art teachers so
that they resume work to save girls from getting pregnant.
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Uthman Basajjanaku Lubega the Secretary of Social Services at Luwero Muslim
district pleaded with teachers to resume teaching as they continue to dialogue
with the government.
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Aisha Namwanje a parent at Kasana UMEA primary says that several girls may lose
interest and drop out of school over the prolonged strike.
added that the strike started at a time when parents were still persuading
girls to stay in school after some got petty jobs during COVID 19 and wanted to
There are over 230 government primary schools but a large number of them are
deserted after teachers joined a countrywide strike starting on June 15th this
year till date. Pupils were sent home
after the teachers went on strike.
On Thursday, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Service Catherine
Bitarakwate Musingwire wrote to the General Secretary of the Uganda National
Teachers’ Union asking him to call off the strike because the teachers’ salary
will be enhanced in the medium term.
The Minister of Public Service Muruuli Mukasa also wrote to
Chairperson of UNATU Zadok Tumuhimbise asking him to order teachers to resume work
as government work upon their request for salary enhancement in long run as
resources become available.
But Filbert Baguma the General Secretary of the Uganda National Teachers’ Union
said they will decide on the matter after consultations.
The union’s top organ- the national executive council, and branch leaders will
meet on Sunday.
proposed that the government should pay shillings 4.8 million to graduate
science teachers and shillings 4.5 million to those teaching arts and
humanities. They are also advocating for a 1.35 million shillings minimum wage
for primary school teachers.