By Mirembe Martina
Teachers have asked the Minister of Education, Jessica Alupo to resign following failure to fulfill government’s promised 20% salary increment.
The teachers have made the comments under the Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU). “If the minister thinks that the job of chasing the teachers to go to class is easier and more productive than the job to go and look for money to pay teachers, she had better resign,” UNATU general secretary, Mr James Tweheyo, said. Mr. Tweheyo made the remarks in reference to Alupo’s directive towards all chief administrative officers to ensure government schools open for third term on September 16.
In her statement, Alupo said, “Government directs all districts to ensure that all schools open for third term on September 16. The chief administrative officers through their district education officers and inspectors of schools are requested to ensure that all schools are opened as scheduled and head teachers report to their duty stations to receive parents and their children.”
Teachers had decided to lay down their tools again if government did not honour its promise by Saturday when their 90-day ultimatum ends to approve their 20% salary increment. The teachers say that they managed to identify Shs243b from the budget as earlier directed by President Museveni but Alupo said they had failed to find money to meet the teachers’ demand.
This is the fifth time the teachers are threatening to strike in two years after government promised to increase their pay by 50 per cent in three phases in 2011 instead of 100 per cent after they downed their tools. In the second phase of its implementation, the government now says it does not have money to meet the 20 per cent salary increment promise. Efforts to get a comment from Ms Alupo were futile by press time.