Gulu district chairman Ojara Martin Mapenduzi has called upon teachers in northern Uganda to shun the impending teachers sit down strike by Uganda National Teachers Union-UNATU.
UNATU announced the nationwide teachers strike beginning on monday september 16th over the unenclosed 20% salary increment in this year’s financial budget contrary to what they say government had committed for the teachers.
Ojara used a heated community radio platform in Gulu on to appeal to teachers in northern Uganda to shun the strike claiming that northern Uganda would lag 10 times behind if they do.
“I want to say that the teachers concern is appealing but we were affected by the war and our performance as a region in the national exams is still very poor” Ojara exclaimed
Ojara who is the leader of all district chairpersons in the 7 Acholi districts added that northern Uganda as a region can engage other development partners in a special way to improve teachers welfare other than ‘betraying the parents and the innocent pupils in order to improve their welbeing.
When contacted James Tweheyo, UNATU General secretary called it a very oppressive and intimidating approach on the Gulu and northern teachers. He said the Union will resist this since it is a nationwide peaceful demonstration that all teachers need to be part of.
He argued that such sentiments are from leaders who are not concerned about the welfare of teachers adding that instead the teachers to lag 20 times behind.
Kilak county MP Gilbert Olanya used the same radio platform to support the teachers cause adding that parliament has shown its backing by not passing the education budget until 20% increment is sourced and added to teacher’s money