Kamuli DEO Cautions Teachers On Planned Strike

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Kamuli district education officer, Joseph Musoke has cautioned teachers in the district against participating in the planned strike over poor pay.

Kamuli district education officer, Joseph Musoke has cautioned teachers in the district against participating in the planned strike over poor pay.

Musoke says teachers should stick to their teaching ethics, behave professionally and shun the impending national teachers' sit down strike.

Teachers representatives under their umbrella organization, the Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) are to meet on Wednesday at Bat Valley in Kampala ahead of the planned strike. The teachers are demanding a 100 percent salary increase, a demand that government is hesitant to meet. Currently primary school teachers earn about 230,000 shillings while their secondary school counterparts get 450,000 shillings per month.

But DEO Musoke says participating in the strike defies the national teachers' code of conduct and portrays a negative image of professionalism because teachers are the pioneers of discipline.

He made the remarks at St. Joseph's Polytechnic school in Kamuli town council while closing the district music festivals on Monday.

Flanked by the Bugabula county Inspector of schools, Tom Badaaza, Musoke admitted that the teachers are justified to demand for a pay rise but noted that the best way of solving the problem should be by dialogue, instead of laying down their tools.

He called upon all teachers to go to their work stations tomorrow as the government seeks for a solution.