By Sandra Birungi
The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) chairperson, Fagil Mandy has said that the ongoing teacher’s strike will definitely affect the national examinations for the candidates in primary seven.
Teachers in public schools are on a general strike asking government to effect the 20% salary increment which they were promised. However, government has said it does not have money to effect the promise, something which did not sit well with the teachers who decided to strike.
Despite the school third term officially opening yesterday, Monday 16th Sept., it was reported from several schools across the country that teachers did not report at school. Some students who belong to the boarding section already reported at the schools were teachers are not teaching.
Mandy said that the strike will affect UNEB for P.7 pupils who are expected to begin their examinations a month away. “We depend on teachers to invigilate and mark. I wish them good negotiations with government. There are people who only want to hear bad things but let’s hope for the best,” Mandy said.
Primary Leaving Examinations are scheduled to begin on November 4, Uganda Certificate of Education on October 14, while Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education will start on November 8 according to the UNEB timetable. When asked if the examinations will be rescheduled, Mandy replied saying, “Stop scratching on the wound more than it hurts.”
On the issue of salary increment, Mandy said, “I don’t think the country can generate that income now to pay everybody what is comfortable. We are talking about teachers, medical practitioners and lecturers. Unless you expand your income base, you can never borrow salary from World Bank because this would be foolery. Any salary increment desired by any group of people should bear that in mind. Unfortunately, balancing what we want and what the economy can carry now is failing.”