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Teachers To Continue With Strike

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The teachers also noted that after meeting government officials on several occasions, they had reached an agreement of a 20 percent increment which was yet to be fulfilled.

In an interview with Chimpreports, UNATU General Secretary, James Tweheyo noted that in 2011 they presented a number of issues to government including the increment in their salaries.

“Government has deliberately frustrated our efforts to meet our demands as teachers,’’ stressed Tweheyo.

He therefore noted that this is not a strike but rather an incapacitation by government on the teachers.

“We don’t want our children to suffer but it’s the government forcing us to do this,’’ added Tweheyo who noted that they are ready to meet the President and show him why salary increment is necessary to them.

Margaret Rwabushaija, the National Chairperson of UNATU, noted that efforts have been made by the teachers’ body to reach the concerned ministries for help but nothing has been done to solve their grievances.

“We have gone to the ministry of Public Service, the Finance Ministry and the Ministry of Education but this has yielded nothing,’’ stressed Rwabushaija.

She therefore noted that it’s better the teachers sit home than go to school without any pay.

President Yoweri Museveni appealed for patience among the teachers’ fraternity, saying government did not have enough funds to cater for the increment.

He said the salary rise would be considered in future, emphasizing improvement of the road infrastructure and industrialization as the government’s short-term priorities.

Museveni further warned teachers against the strike, saying so many youth are languishing on the streets without jobs.

Rwabushaija further expressed her sympathy with the children whom she said “are going to lose in the strike.”

“We must not take this matter political and therefore we should eliminate politics from these matters,’’ added the UNATU chairperson.

She said teachers won’t enter classes at the beginning of next term if their salaries are not increased.

In the same meeting it was disclosed that some teachers from the upcountry districts especially Soroti and Serere have already laid down their tools due to delay in their salaries.

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