Minister: Security Agencies To Probe Civil Society Over Teachers’ Strike
Education Minister Jessica Alupo has asked security agencies to investigate the role of the civil society in fueling the teachers’ strike.
Addressing press on Monday, Alupo said she was infuriated by the teachers’ union, UNATU, for dancing to the tunes of the civil society despite agreeing with government on how to solve their grievances.
Teachers today went on a sit-down strike citing poor remuneration.
“I have asked security organs to investigate so that we can penalize these civil society groups working to serve their selfish agenda at the cost of national interests,” warned Alupo.
“I had a successful meeting with UNATU Executive members on Friday but on Saturday, they were misled and issued a statement, saying they would lay down their tools today and Tuesday,” she added.
“I expect all schools to be operating normally. Government does not know about any strike. We shall continue using dialogue to settle issues affecting teachers, students, parents and all stakeholders,” said Alupo.
Teachers claim an additional Shs30, 000 in the 2012/13 financial year is not proportional to the rising cost of living.
Currently, the least paid primary teacher earns Shs300, 000.
The strike comes at a time when pupils are preparing for the end of second term exams.
In a related development, Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital doctors and nurses have given government an ultimatum of three days to pay their two months arrears or expect a sit-down strike.
“The medical practitioners today resolved to go on strike if government does not respond to their demands by Thursday this week,” said a source at the western region’s largest hospital.
A strike at the hospital would put lives of thousands of patients’ lives at stake.
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Updated on 2013-06-04 10:39
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