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Teachers Threaten strike over Hardship allowances

Civil servants in such areas are entitled to hardship allowances as an incentive to motivate them to work in such areas.
Primary school teachers in Kisoro are protesting the lack of hardship allowances that are given to other civil servants in the district. Kisoro district is one of the hard to reach areas in Uganda.  Civil servants in such areas are entitled to hardship allowances as an incentive to motivate them to work in such areas. But Kisoro Town council Teachers Association is accusing district authorities for excluding teachers from getting hardship allowances.

Edson Iragaba, a teacher at Kisoro Demonstration school says that it is unfortunate that all civil servants in the district get hardship allowances except teachers. Iragaba says that they planning to lay down their tools so that the leaders can wake up and resolve their grievances. Another teacher, who only identified himself at John Bosco, wonders how government can give all civil servants hardship allowances and leave out teachers.

 Jovinah Uwayezu, head teacher Kisoro Hill primary school says they will not tolerate this discrimination, adding that they have given the district authorities up to June to have the matter sorted out or else they lay down their tools.  Kisoro principal education  officer Hope Habimana says that it is true that Civil servants in the district are entitled to an extra 10% of their salaries as hardship allowances but blames the ministry of education for failing to Consider the teachers in Kisoro town council .

 

She however calls on the teachers to remain calm saying that they are liaising with higher authorities to get a quick solution to the matter. John Okollimo, Kisoro Chief Administrative Officer says that he has already received a petition from the teachers who are threatening to lay down tools but asked them to be patient as the district forwards their grievances to the ministry.