Science teachers across the country have threatened to strike due to government’s failure to effect their salary increment as directed by President Yoweri Museveni.
The science teachers want the Ministry of Public Service to implement the presidential directive and Cabinet resolutions of August 24, 2021, of enhancing salaries for all scientists, including science teachers, to Shs4m for the newly appointed degree holders and Shs3m for diploma holders.
According to Mr Aron Mugaiga, the Secretary General of the National Executive Council for the Uganda Professional Science Teachers Union (UPSTU), they have planned to start their sit down strike on Monday, May 09, 2022 – the date when students are expected to report back to school for second term.
In a press statement, Mr Mugaiga said science teachers’ efforts to meet with the ministry officials over the matter have failed to yield fruits.
“Our efforts to have meetings with the ministry to resolve this matter amicably in all our letters dated January 17 and April 7, 2022, have all fell on deaf ears. We, therefore, tend to lay down our tools until our concerns are addressed.”
The teachers are demanding that all the funds meant for salary enhancement for science teachers, tutors, instructors, lecturers and laboratory technicians in schools that have been diverted to boost salary enhancement of other scientists in other sectors be reverted to them.
Government previously allocated Shs400b in the budget to enhance salaries for all scientists, including science teachers and medical workers.
Of the Shs400b, Shs111b had been earmarked to enhance salaries for science teachers and Shs27b for scientists in tertiary institutions.
However, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, Dr Dennis Mugimba, said the ministry is not aware of the planned sit down strike but promised that they would look into the welfare of science teachers.
While speaking during this year’s International Labour Day celebrations at Kololo, President Museveni recently emphasised that he was in support of increasing salaries for science teachers and that the arts teachers shall be considered later.