By Mirembe Martina
The salary for teachers has been once again reduced.
Reports that the salary for teachers has been reduced has reached Ugandapicks after last month’s salary showed a decline in some of the teachers’ payments.
According to Joseph Ssewungu Gonzaga, a teacher by profession and MP Kalungu West, some teachers’ pay was cut by sh50,000 while for others, it was cut as far back as sh150,000. Teachers are now getting depressed wondering what is happening. Mr. Gozanga says other teachers were paid their full salary.
The salary deductions were only for teachers in Kampala district only.
However, the ministry of education has come out to say they will rectify the problem as soon as possible.
Teachers pressed government to double their pay since 2011 and in July of 2011, teachers, under their umbrella body, the Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU), striked for two weeks. A 30 percent increment was proposed although they had previously advocated for a 100 percent increment. Other teachers opted for a 50 percent increment. Their salary was increased by 15 percent, something that did not sit well with the teachers but was welcomed as progress. Government promised to increase their salary gradually as time goes on.