The Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports has said that it “understands and sympathizes” with the teachers over the salary increment that has been delayed.
Dr. Rose Nassali Lukwago, Permanent Secretary, in a statement said that out of 50% of the salary increment promised by Government, 40% has been paid.
“In addition, Government has given 6.8 billion shillings for SACCO’s for every teacher in Uganda as promised by H.E The President of Uganda.”
She said as an education sector, Government, parents and learners expect results.
Teachers announced a nation-wide strike yesterday protesting the delayed salary increment and failure to disperse the Shs 25bn presidential promise to their SACCOs.
Nassali said it the government wished teachers to become more effective and be regular in school so that learners may achieve competencies to excel in the region and effective in the job market.
The UWEZO report shows that the best school in Uganda ranks 80th in position in the East African Region!
The people of Uganda, the parents of the students in Ugandan schools, the learners, and the stakeholders in Uganda must get value for money.
As teachers take, Ugandans expect to be given back, Nassali noted.
The Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports thus appealed to the teachers to embrace the funds made available to them through the Teachers SACCOs.
The funds await being collected by all teachers.
The 10% salary increment as reported by the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development has not been effected yet, but will be effected in the subsequent financial year following the next financial year.
Schools will officially open on Monday 18th May 2015 for second term studies.
“All teachers and head teachers are therefore expected to report to their duty stations as expected of their profession,” Nassali concluded.