Teachers Vow To Strike Again


case geneva; font-size: small;”>Uganda primary and secondary schools are scheduled to begin their third term on September 16.

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store geneva; font-size: small;”>In an exclusive interview with Chimpreports, the General Secretary of UNATU, Mr James Tweheyo said in the meeting the teachers held on July 25 with the President, Ministry of Finance, Public Service and the Ministry For Education and Sports, government had agreed to give them the increment but has not yet fulfilled its promise up to date.

“The government agreed to finance the essential sectors like transport, defence, health and the parliament and the remaining Shs 243bn would be given to the teachers,” said Tweheyo.

He, however, noted that the government has turned a blind eye towards the promise made and the 90 days period they had given the Government to have fulfilled their promise is soon elapsing.

“We are going to start another 90 days strike starting on September 14 to December 14 and I can assure you that we will not teach or even go schools at all,” vowed the UNATU General Secretary.

He added that even if government forces the teachers to go to schools, they will go there but not teach.

Mr Tweheyo further noted that money spent by government on activities like foreign trips, entertainment, holidays and end of year parties should be allocated to the teachers other than wasting it.

“The problem is that the government is not willing to pay. Why are they not willing to let us do the auditing and help them show how government money is being spent?’’ he asked.

He therefore added that the strike is going to spread in all schools. “We shall make sure even the Namagungas where the Minister of Sports takes her children closes when the strike begins,” alleged Mr Tweheyo.

He further said that the teachers have served diligently and patiently but are being exploited by the government to fulfill its own interests.

“The government will not sustain the suppression of the teachers this time round when the strike begins,’’ vowed the UNATU General Secretary.

Government has since revealed that it does not have enough money to cater for the teachers’ salary increment.


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