By Mirembe Martina
Teachers have maintained there will be no teaching on Monday despite a direct order from the Minister of Education, Jessica Alupo to have all schools open for the new education third term.
This leaves the fate of students attending public schools undecided if they will attend classes or not; in particular students in the boarding section. Yesterday, the education minister and the Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) failed to come to an understanding.
Alupo said that she expects schools to re-open on Monday and teachers are expected to meet President Museveni on Monday to continue negotiations. “There was money identified by the committee the President formed. I handed over the six-page report to the President yesterday (Wednesday). I understand the teachers also made a separate report and are expected to meet him. But as they meet, I expect schools to open and that the rest of the teachers will be teaching,” Alupo said in reference to a committee which the president constituted last month to look at the Budget and find money that would see government fulfill its 20 per cent salary increment pledge to teachers.
UNATU general secretary, James Tweheyo said he was not aware of the meeting with the President on Monday but said they would meet him once they are called upon. “We shall not relent until funds are given to teachers and children go to school. I am not aware of any meeting with the President. As the chair of the committee the President instituted, Ms Alupo is mandated to deliver the report but we didn’t sign it because we didn’t agree on their findings,” he said.
Teachers have previously indicated that they identified Shs243b from the Budget which ministries spend on trips abroad, entertainment, food, allowances, newspapers and periodicals can meet their demands.
This comes in the wake when teachers asked Alupo to resign because of her failure to implement the salary increment.