Minister Alupo accused of inciting violence


Education minister Alupo


Uganda National Teachers Union is accusing Ministry of Education, Sports Science and Technology officials of deliberately creating chaos between teachers and government by refusing to implement the directives agreed upon with the president.

Since 2011, the teachers have been clashing with the ministry over their salary increment demands.

In January this year, the teachers issued a 90 day ultimatum to government to give them a 10 percent pay rise and release their 25 Billion Shillings SACCO money.

The 90 deadline elapsed on Monday this week, without any agreement between the teachers and government.

Teachers claim that after a careful analysis of the final Budget Call circular for FY 2015/16, they noted that Government had saved over 200bn from the cleanup of the payroll.

They say in their negotiation with the President, it was agreed that such savings should be spent on a pay rise for teachers as well as other sectors.

James Tweheyo, the Secretary General of UNATU says they are saddened that the education ministry has refused to include the 10 percent increment in the 2015/16 budget call circular.

Tweheyo also has no kind words for the Education Minister Jessica Alupo and Permanent Secretary Rose Nasali Lukwago.

He says it was wrong for the Permanent Secretary to have omitted the 10 percent salary increment from the budget.

He also accuses Alupo of deliberately inciting teachers against the government.

Tweheyo says teachers will not sit down until their demands are addressed.

Other issues under contention include the 25 billion Shillings SACCO money, which UNATU wants withdrawn from the Microfinance Support Centre and the operationalization of the teachers’ scheme of service.

Education ministry is yet to issue a response to the demands. The previous threats have yielded little or no results.

The Executive Council of the union is expected to sit for an emergency meeting on April 18, 2015 to decide on the next action.


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