By Jane Nambi
Financial year, 2012-2013 is going to be good for public servants who are going to get a salary increment from 6%-30%.
Civil servants who earn a salary scale of U7 and U8 will get a 15% salary increment. This scale also includes primary school teachers, although it is only those who fall under the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) program.
Science teachers in universities and post primary institutions will get 30% increment. For those who earn between U6 to U4 will get 8% and those in U3 to U1, 6%. University lecturers will get 10%.
The salary increment largely depends on the civil servants’ salary scale as seen above and their work station. The implementation will take place come July when the financial year 2012-2013 will begin.
However, it has not yet been decided for sure if the salary increment will yield since the budget framework is just a proposal and is subject to change as the budget process goes on.
The framework looks at salary increment preceding additional funding to facilitate recruitment of new staff in public service sectors. Public servants who are in areas which are hard to reach and live are also set to gain in the salary increment as they will be able to get a 30% hardship allowance.
The hardship allowance has been recently put in the payment salaries of public servants whose number is increasing to19, 754 in 2012 from 14,000 and 5,754 in the previous years.
Beginning next financial year, all unpaid salary arrears will be planned and paid for under the Ministry of Public Service and accounting officers will be necessitated to verify the audited arrears lists before payment.
Samuel Mukasa, the chairman of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) at Sir Apollo Kaggwa Secondary School in Mukono, welcomed the development, saying teachers had not been motivated enough. “As a result of low pay, some of them are not teaching well, and cases of absenteeism have gone up,” he said.
Uganda has been suffering the effects of brain drain as teachers and scientists leave the country to take up opportunities in the US and Europe. A 2007 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development report indicated that one in every five Ugandans who finished tertiary education left for greener pastures due to limited employment possibilities, poor working conditions and weak career paths.
According to the budget framework, sh290b has been allocated to enhance public servants salaries in a phased manner, with emphasis on teachers and scientists.