Science teachers in Ugandan secondary schools say they want to meet first lady and education minister Janet Museveni over salary increment disparities.
President Museveni’s government is said to have recently approved salary enhancements for health professionals starting July 2022. (Read Story Here).
However, science teachers in secondary schools have been left out, meaning they might have to wait for subsequent financial years. (Read Story Here).
These secondary school science teachers have already declared a strike over government’s failure to increase their salaries. (Read Story Here).
An NRM MP has told them they are too poor to afford to go on strike, and that they can easily be replaced if they choose to lay down their tools. (Read Story Here).
To try and ensure that the issue is resolved before the beginning of second term, which is just about a week away, science teachers have sought audience with Minister Mrs Museveni.
On April 29, leaders of Uganda Professional Science Teachers Unions (UPSTU) met Usher Wilson Owere, the Chairman General of National Organization Of Trade Union(Notu) to discuss the matter.
After the meeting, Owere revealed that UPSTU leaders need to meet the education minister over the issue of salary increment.
“We had meeting with the leaders of Uganda Professional Science Teachers Unions (UPSTU), the leaders brief me about the grievances with government and handed over documents and requested for my guidance to negotiate with Government of Uganda,” said Notu boss Owere.
“I have guided and we going seek appointment with Minister of education Janet Museveni.”
MORE ON SALARY INCREMENT CIRCUS
In order to improve service delivery and end the challenge of strikes over low pay, President Museveni’s government has proposed huge salary increments for teachers, doctors and other employees starting July 2022. (Read Story Here)
The proposed increments have left many people wondering if government will really fulfill this pledge and increase salaries by very high amounts.
For example, opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye has argued that the promise of salary increment is just ‘another lie.’ (Read Story Here).
Finance Minister Matia Kasaija recently said the money for increasing teachers’, doctors’ and other civil servants’ salaries was available. (Read Story Here).
In August 2021, cabinet approved salary increment for teachers, doctors and other health workers. (Read Story Here).
See the salary structure that had been proposed for the current financial year here.
Besides, secondary school science teachers, also threatening to go on strike are allied health professionals. (Read Story Here).
But a top official from the ministry of public service has revealed that all health workers — including morgue attendants — will share a Shs400bn budget for salary increment. (Read Story Here).