Teachers Move To Block $100m WB Grant

treatment geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>In an interview with Chimpreports on Wednesday evening, James Tweheyo the General Secretary of UNATU, noted that they have summoned the World Bank to halt the money until the government pays all the teachers their salary arrears.

“We have asked them to put a condition on government to first pay the salaries of the teachers before more money is released,’’ stressed Tweheyo.

He further noted that most of this money is also swindled by government officials and therefore noted that no more funds will be sent until the mess is cleared up.

According to information from the Global Partnership in Education, the funding to government should be an additional catalytic fund and must not therefore replace government funding for education which UNATU says that the government of Uganda is falling behind the normal expectation for countries eligible for GPE.

“Government should be pledging 20 percent of their budget to education but the share of education within the national budget has actually been declining over the last 6 years,’’ stressed Tweheyo.

This comes at a time when the teachers have agreed to go on with their planned strike at the beginning of the second term on September 16 if government doesn’t consider an increment of 20 percent in their salaries.

It has also been noted that the teachers’ body has called for the immediate strike of teachers from all the districts that have not yet got their salaries noting that this is not a strike but an incapacitation by government.

President Yoweri Museveni has urged teachers not to strike, saying their plight will be looked into in the not-too-distant future.

He said government is now focusing on developing the transport infrastructure and industries for job creation after which salaries of public servants will be raised.


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