Parliamentary forum on quality education backs teacher’s strike

The parliamentary forum on quality education backs the teacher’s industrial action stressing that government should effect the 10% salary increment being demanded.

The demand culminated into a sit down strike by the teachers which has entered a second day in various schools across the country. The teachers are protesting government’s laxity to honor its pledge of increasing their salaries by 10%.

The forum chairperson Rose Seninde says the forum will use all available opportunities to persuade government to address the teachers concerns to that pupils get quality education.

Yesterday a number of teachers across the country did not step in class in protest as per the resolution of the Uganda National Teacher’s Union assembly held last week in Kampala.

Despite meeting the Executive Committee of the teachers union UNATU last evening, the Prime minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda , education minister Jessica Alupo and the government team failed to convince the teachers to report back on duty.

UNATU says the strike is on until it is called off by the UNATU Secretary General

Meanwhile,

The chairman National Organization of Trade Unions Wilson Owere wants government to hold the education minister Jessica Alupo accountable for diverting 25 billion shillings meant for the teachers SACCO.

During a meeting with the government team, Owere pinned Alupo for mismanaging money meant for the teacher’s Union demanding that action be taken against her.

Story by

Jude Bukenya &

Wycliffe Sebunya

May 19 2015