By Jumah Nsubuga
The Uganda national students association have petitioned parliament over the students scheme and teachers salaries.
The students led by the association president `Denis Onek Amere want parliament to half approving the 2012/2013 for both the ministries of finance and education until the students and teachers to priories are sufficiently addressed.
While handing the petition to the deputy speaker of parliament Jacob Oulanya, the angry student claimed that government through the ministry of finance must allocate a budget for the student’s loan scheme as students as other countries like Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria does.
The student also said that president Museveni during the presidential campaigns of 2011 promised to create a loan scheme for students but it has never been implemented.
They (students) said that teacher salaries should be uniformly raised at least by 30% but not only favoring science teachers in neglect of Arts teachers as it was stated during the reading of the 2012/13 national budget. Student also added that making teachers salaries uniform will help to motivate and avoid future internal conflicts that would arise between teachers.
It the petition, students demanded government to be more vigilant and try all measures possible to stop the rampant fire out breaks at schools added that lives of young people should be valued because they are the next generation. The students however demanded the reports on all fire out break in different schools to be released to the public and accessible at all times to all stakeholders.
Students further said that all the motioned priorities must be dealt with before parliament approves the 2012/2013 budget.
They however threatened to mobiles their fellow students and teachers to demonstrate if government fails to listen to their prayers.