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Karamoja Teachers Grumble Over Pay

David Esiru, the Secretary Uganda National Teachers Association- UNATU in the district, says besides salary delays, annual increments for teachers are not realized in the district.
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Teachers in Karamoja Sub Region are disgruntled over salary discrepancies in their districts. Some teachers have not been paid for months while others are underpaid.

In Nakapiripirit District, more than 70 teachers haven't been paid their salaries since June. 

David Esiru, the Secretary Uganda National Teachers' Association- UNATU in the district, says besides salary delays, annual increments for teachers are not realized in the district.

Esiru is concerned over the uncoordinated payment of salaries, which he says has discouraged teachers. 

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Henry Emaase, the Moroto Municipality UNATU chairperson is upset with the reduction of the salarlies of some teachers in the municipality. He notes that the salaries of more than 15 teachers of Moroto High School were deducted under unclear circumstances.

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Chaoness Anyakun, the UNATU chairman in Napak District, says teachers will be celebrating Teachers' Day on empty stomachs because of salary delays.

"We have not yet received salaries yet government says public servants' salaries should be out by 28th. We are just going to borrow money from friends to celebrate our day. Am sure some teachers won't be able to make it to the venue in Matany for celebrations," he said.

Government announced salary enhancements especially for science teachers this financial year but a few teachers in Karamoja have benefited from the increment.

When contacted, Martine Jacan Gwokto, the Moroto Chief Administrative Officer, said the matter is being handled but declined to divulge details. 

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