2014/2015 Budget: UGX 450bn Allocated to Enhance Public Servants' Salaries

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Kiwanuka noted that 450 billion was allocated to enhance the salary of all Public Servants including provisions for the teachers’ pay increase in line with Government’s agreement with the Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU).

 Government has in the 2014/2015 Financial Year Budget allocated 450billion shillings towards enhancement of public servants salaries including the teachers' salary increment.
 
This was noted by Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka in her budget speech to parliament which was under the theme “Maintaining the Momentum for Infrastructure Investment, Growth and Social Economic Transformation.
 
Kiwanuka noted that 450 billion shillings was allocated to enhance the salary of all public servants including provisions for the teachers’ pay increase in line with government’s agreement with the Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU).
 
Meanwhile, the 450 billion shillings public servants salary increment comes after the NRM Caucus sitting in Kyankwanzi early this year resolved to increase all public servants salaries without applying increments selectively.
 
Kiwanuka said that with the budget allocation the salary of the lowest paid teacher will now increase by between 15 to 25% and that other public servants salaries will also be adjusted within the available resources.
 
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Meanwhile, Government has in the 2014/2015 Financial Year Budget allocated 1.69 trillion shillings to the Education sector to enhance the quality of education.
 
Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka noted that the priorities to be implemented in the sector include the enhancement of teachers’ salaries, with emphasis on primary school teachers and that 215bn has been allocated for this purpose.
 
She noted that also 5billion shillings has been provided in the budget towards supporting teachers’ SACCOs and this is in addition to the 2.5 billion shillings provided during Financial Year 2013/2014.
 
Kiwanuka added that 68.7billion shillings also been specifically allocated for the implementation of the Skilling Uganda programme.
 
She said that workshops will be constructed at technical schools citing Kihanda in Kanugu,  Namasale in Amolator,  Namisindwa in Manafwa, Bukoli in Bugiri, and St. Joseph Kyalubingo in Kamwenge.
 
“Government will also operationalize and expand the Student Loan Scheme with emphasis on science and vocational training. The loan scheme will be rolled out starting with undergraduate students in both Public and Chartered Private Universities” Kiwanuka noted.

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.