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Teachers To Wait Longer As Budget Is Passed

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Tlink http://contesta.fusolab.net/absupc_events.php geneva; font-size: small;”>his followed plenary session’s endorsement of the Appropriations Bill 2013 which provides for the authorization of public expenditure from the Consolidated Fund.

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On Thursday afternoon, Parliament overwhelmingly voted to back the Committee on Budget’s report that there were no ample funds in the treasury to raise teachers’ salary scale.

The teachers have been on strike since Monday and have vowed not to return to classes until their demand is sorted.

However, Education Minister Jessica Alupo says action will be taken against teachers who continue absconding from duty.

She also directed RDCs and urged lawmakers to talk to teachers in their respective areas to “understand that currently there is no money to increase their salaries” and that they must wait for government to complete infrastructural projects across the country.

Parliament also turned down a minority proposal authored by by Shadow Finance Minister Geoffrey Ekanya detailing possible sources of funds to raise the teachers’ salary scale.

Uganda National Teachers Union, General Secretary, James Tweheyo, says threats from government officials will not deter their industrial action.

The passing of the 2013/14 financial plan implies that teachers will either secure a supplementary budget or wait for the next financial year for an increment of their salaries.

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