Primary School Teachers In Mayuge Start Strike

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At least 142 primary schools in Mayuge District did not open for classes this morning following the announcement of a teachers’ sit down strike over little pay.

At least 142 primary schools in Mayuge District did not open for classes this morning following the announcement of a teachers’ sit down strike over little pay.

The most affected sub counties include Imanyiro, Bukatuube and Baitambogwe.
These are hard to go areas in the district, where teachers, pupils and students travel long distances to get to the schools.
 
Moses Mukisa, Secretary for Education in Mayuge district says this has affected close to 120,000 pupils in Mayuge district alone. Mukisa says teachers must have told the pupils not to turn up for classes.
 

When Uganda Radio Network visited Namatooke primary school, none of the teaching staff was on duty at the school.

Ronald Musawo, one of the pupils of Namatooke primary school in Mpungwe, who turned up in the morning for studies, was disappointed. He says it is common for teachers to come late at school and when the headmaster doesn’t turn up, they don’t teach the pupils.

Musawo says they are meant to sit for end of term examinations in a week’s time and if the demonstration continues it will affect their performance.

Mukisa says the demonstration is calm and it’s the teachers right to express themselves and demand for a higher salary pay.
 
Teachers under their umbrella organization, the Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) are planning to lay down their tools demanding a 100 percent salary increment.

Mukisa says teachers’ salaries take as long as four months to come making their profession difficult to work in.

Steven Kyakwise, Mayuge district education officer says the teachers should rethink their demands and give government time to put right what is wrong.

Margaret Rwabushaija, the UNATU chairperson says teachers are slated to meet on Wednesday and discuss a paper they will present to government.