By Jumah Nsubuga
Teacher under the Uganda national teachers union have put the ministry of public service together with the ministry of education and sports and finance to task to immediately come up explain why the salaries were deducted.
The chairperson of the union Expedite Kiseka says that teacher’s salaries last month were deducted by between shs 50,000 to shs 60,000 without an explanation from the line ministries.
Mr Kiseka told reporters at parliament that in public service order once a teacher salary is raised, it is not supposed to be reduced without any reason.
Kiseka added that 75% of teachers from both primary and secondary levels are all affected by the system. He further reiterated that all teachers under the Uganda national teachers union will convene at Buganda Road primary school to find a solution about the deduction of their money.
Meanwhile Kalungu West Mp Joseph Sewungu who is on front line of fighting for teacher’s matters in parliament said that the system of deducting money has not only affected teachers but even other civil servants like police and prisons.
He said that police and prisons should this time join teachers to demonstrate over this issue.
“It’s very painful. We don’t know who is behind this system. We want the line ministries to come out and explain to teachers. Gov’t has just increased salaries for the teachers but it’s very sad to hear that the money has also been deducted”Hon Sewungu noted
He has also pinned government to explain why teachers don’t get pay slips whenever they receive salaries. “Over the years government is not giving teachers pay slips which indicates how much teacher earns. We are going to fight for teachers in this country” He threatened
Last month the ministry of public service deducted public money from salaries of public servants like teachers, police and prisons without any explanation.