Striking Teachers Set To Meet Museveni Today Over Salary Increments

Striking Teachers Set To Meet Museveni

Striking Teachers camped at Kololo to Meet Museveni

By Uganda Online Media

Kampala: Teachers under their umbrella association of the Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) have currently camped at Kololo independence grounds to meet President Museveni over the ongoing industrial action.

The UNATU general secretary Filbert Baguma said they are ready to meet the president.

“All we expect is feedback on our issue of salary enhancement in the 2022/2023 financial year,” Baguma told journalists on Sunday.

Arts teachers announced their industrial action on June 15, 2022, over what they called a discriminatory salary rise.

These, under their umbrella association of UNATU, want the government to enhance their pay in this financial year to be equal with that of their science counterparts.

The government enhanced the salary of a degree-holder science teacher from Shs 1.2 million to Shs 4 million. A diploma-holder science teacher’s salary was also enhanced to Shs 3m.

All this while the salary of an Arts teacher was set to remain at Shs 1.08 million for a degree-holder while diploma-holder arts teacher at the secondary school level will continue getting Shs 795,000.

Since announcing their strike, the teachers have since held several meetings with stakeholders but all in vain.

In a June 22, 2022 letter to the UNATU General Secretary, Ministry of Public Service Permanent Secretary Catherine Bitarakwate said that whereas the government is committed to ensuring salary enhancement for all teachers, irrespective of the disciplines, this can not be met currently because of the scarce resources.

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