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Bukomansimbi Teachers Petition Parliament Over Welfare, Unfair Recruitment Process :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Bukomansimbi Teachers Petition Parliament Over Welfare, Unfair Recruitment Process

The petition specifically requests Parliament to instruct the Education Service Commission to prioritize teachers who have volunteered their services in government schools, rather than displacing them with new entrants during recruitment.

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A group of secondary school teachers in Bukomansimbi district has taken their grievances to parliament, seeking intervention to address the underlying structural inequalities affecting their welfare.

In a petition signed by thirty representatives from different government secondary schools in Bukomansimbi, the teachers are raising concerns about the lack of accommodation facilities at their duty stations, the unfair recruitment of staff, and the government's failure to align payment structures with their levels of academic qualifications.

The teachers are appealing to parliament to prioritize their welfare as a crucial step towards improving the standard of education in the district. William Bamwesigye, a teacher at Mbulire Secondary School, highlighted the distressing inequality in salaries between teachers of science and art subjects. 

He also criticized the recruitment process by the Education Services Commission, citing irregularities that negatively impact education quality. The petition specifically requests Parliament to instruct the Education Service Commission to prioritize teachers who have volunteered their services in government schools, rather than displacing them with new entrants during recruitment.

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Bamwesigye further emphasized that many teachers in the area have upgraded their academic qualifications, but their salaries have remained stagnant, and some are even facing retirement without appropriate compensation for their efforts.

The teachers have also expressed reservations about the Teacher Effective and Learners Achievement (TELA) system, which was introduced by the Ministry of Education and Sports to support school inspection and evaluation of performance. 

They believe that the system's intended goals can hardly be achieved if the government fails to address the underlying issues that frustrate teachers.  According to Bamwesigye, the TELA system imposes tough conditions that require teachers to remain at their duty stations consistently, while their current salaries fail to meet their basic needs. 

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Ekilovesi Mande, one of the petition signatories, emphasized the importance of parliament understanding the challenges faced by teachers and taking appropriate actions to address them. 

Christine Nandagire Ndiwalana, the Member of Parliament for Bukomansimbi North, expressed her support for the formal petition, believing it will reinforce existing efforts to advocate for government action to address the teachers' plight. 

In response, the Bukomansimbi Resident District Commissioner, Jane Francis Kagaayi, urged teachers to be patient with the government, assuring them that systematic approaches are being developed to address their concerns. She acknowledged that increasing the budget allocation for the Ministry of Education is a key aspect of the solution, but it can only be achieved gradually.

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