On Monday, Teachers under the Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU) called off their strike that started on June 15th in a quest for salary enhancement, with equity and harmonization across the board.
The Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among has directed
Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja to urgently present to the House a
comprehensive statement on interventions being planned by government regarding
grievances by Arts teachers.
“There has a concern on the plight of teachers and
learners in public institutions following industrial action by teachers, such
industrial actions have become regular in our education sector,” Among said
during her communication to Parliament on Tuesday afternoon.
She urged the government to carefully study the
grievances of teachers and devise sustainable solutions to the issue.
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Cecilia Ogwal, the Dokolo Woman MP said that there
is a need to address the issue of equality and equity in the law of Equal
“I am concerned about the situation where the Head
Teacher is an Arts teacher, and we have some teachers who are scientists…then
you find a situation where the science teacher is getting double the salary of
the Head Teacher,” said Ogwal.
She said that this creates a disparity in learning
institutions and a need for parliament to step in and guide the government on the
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In response, Among said that anything related to the
recent industrial action by teachers would be discussed when the Prime Minister
presents a report.
“Not all of us are science people, but we are here, so let’s
wait for the report and then debate and then we come up with resolutions and
actions to be taken, we are all concerned about the teachers and we must take action on this,” the Speaker added.
Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the Kira Municipality MP said
that if Speaker Among had not directed for a report from the government, he would
have demanded for equal pay for both science and arts teachers.
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John Baptist Nambeshe, the Chief Opposition Whip
said that the selective salary enhancement is to cause more grievances in the
country and appealed that the Prime Minister is given a timeline within which
to report to the House on the matter.
He also noted that in the absence of the Salaries Review
Board, the Executive should desist from pronouncing selective salary increments
that against the rights of other public servants.
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On Monday, teachers under the Uganda National
Teachers’ Union (UNATU) called off their strike that started on June 15th
in a quest for salary enhancement, with equity and harmonization across the
The strike resulted
from the government's decision to increase the pay for science teachers nearly
by 300 percent in disregard of their colleagues in arts and humanities.
increment saw the government increase the pay for graduate and grade V science
teachers to 4 million Shilling and 3 million Shillings up from 1.1 million
Shillings and 796,000 Shillings respectively.
teachers proposed that the government should either provide an additional
budget to increase the salary of art teachers or, for the sake of justice,
split the available wage bill of 95 billion shillings among all teachers. The
wage bill was set aside to enhance the salaries of science teachers only and if
equally shared among the 169,000 teachers on the payroll, each would get a pay
raise of 46,800 shillings.
Following a meeting between UNATU leaders and President
Yoweri Museveni at Kololo Independence Grounds on Monday, the teachers resolved
to call off their strike. During the meeting, President Museveni told teachers
that the government has already provided
a position on their demands and it will not reverse it.
"We have provided a position as government
and pledged to competitively remunerate workers guided by a science-led
strategy, this does not mean we have forgotten others, but we are choosing to
prioritize the few and others can come later," the President said. "We must finish one problem at a
with the idea of sharing the available funds saying that the argument doesn’t
hold any sense.
teachers insist that we should use the available resources to improve salaries
across the board, whilst this is possible, it does not solve the salary issue.
It is okumemerera (sprinkling), where everyone will get a little and then next
year everyone strikes," Museveni said.