Teachers End Strike


buy geneva; font-size: small;”>The revelation was made by state minister for Karamoja Hon Barbra Nekesa Oundo, pill who represented Information Minister Hon Rose Namayanja, more about currently on an official trip to South Africa.

The end of the strike Nekesa said came after continuous engagements and negotiations between the teachers and government to work out a roadmap for resolving this sticky issue of their remuneration.

Teachers laid down their tools on Monday 9 September, with an aim of pressurizing government to effect a 20% salary enhancement as per its initial pledge.

Government said it was not able to raise the funds this financial year, but would only afford a 4% spread across all civil servants.

It also asked the teachers to bear with the situation as it finished on national infrastructural development which would translate into more funds in the national basket to meet their demands in the long run.

Two weeks into the third term of the year, the strike had started affecting the sensitive segments of the education calendar.

Government thus commended the teachers and UNATU for ‘the wise and patriotic act; a noble gesture and illustration of their empathy with the aspiration of the schools, students, parents and government as a whole.’

“We therefore urge all students to immediately return to school and catch up with the lessons they were missing,” advised Nekesa.

“Where necessary, head teachers will be required to adjust timetables to enable for the catch up on the lessons,” added the state minister.

In the three days of deliberation, between government and teachers Chimp reports has learnt, it was agreed that the latter resume work as negotiation commence on October 2nd, to determine whether the 20% or more salary enhancement would be met by government.

While appearing on a local radio station in Mbarara on Monday, Minister for Presidency Hon Frank Tumwebaze said that the teachers in the course of deliberations had ‘realized their mistakes’ and decided to call off the strike.

“They accepted their mistake of having allowed wrong elements like opposition Members of Parliament and anti-government commentators to use their remuneration issue to demonize government programs in the media,” Tumwebaze said.

“We as government also realized that we had not used the appropriate communication and language throughout the course of the industrial action,” the minister for presidency noted.


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