Kabale Teachers Petition MPs Over Pay

2117 Views Kabale, Western Region, Uganda

In short
Teachers have issued a two weeks ultimatum to governmnet.

As the two-week ultimatum given to government gets underway, teachers in Kabale today took their petition to the area woman MP, Ronah Ninsiima.
Teachers are asking government to increase their remunerations by a hundred percent.

The teachers who spoke to URN say government has been ignoring their concerns since 2005, when they first presented their memorandum.
Teachers under the Uganda National Teachers Union –UNATU-convened a meeting at Bart Valley Primary School in Kampala on Saturday and agreed to close the schools if the two weeks’ ultimatum elapses without government intervention.

Philbert Baguma, the regional coordinator of UNATU in western Uganda says the rising costs of living in the country have not spared teachers.

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In 2005 teachers wrote to the government demanding the increase of their salaries but to date it has never responded to their grievances. Baguma says this time they will not go on streets but they will stay home until their issues are resolved.

Baguma says that it’s government responsibility to explore all the possible ways in which it can meet its commitment to education while maintaining macro-economic stability.

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In the petition, teachers asked government that at least the least should be paid 450.000 shillings but currently a teacher receives 250.000 shillings.

Moses Kamugisha one of the teacher who talked to URN says on top of the high cost of living, teachers are harassed politicians who don’t consider the hard times they are going through.

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In Kabale teachers are forced to sign a memorandum of understanding with the district as an agreement that they will improve their schools’ academic performance. When they fail, they are dismissed.

Kamugisha says all those forms of hardships are not matching with their monthly earnings.

Ninsiima Ronah Ritah, the Kabale Woman Member of Parliament supported the teachers saying their plight should be addressed if the country is to get a bright future.

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