Several teachers in Government aided schools in Lira
City have laid down their tools over unpaid salaries. Over 1,200 teachers from Lira City have gone for months
Some of the teachers last received their salary in January while
others in February 2022. Efforts to have the matter solved has been futile. During their meeting held on Thursday last week, the teachers resolved to go on a sit-down strike starting today until their salaries are paid.
On Monday morning, the situation at Lango College secondary
school was “not very normal” because the teachers were not
teaching. Sammy Bob Okino, the head teacher, says that some teachers sat outside
waiting for the students to consult them while others did not show up at school.
Okino says the school is internally recruiting teachers to
help the students during this time because they are not sure when their
teachers will return to class.
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He said, “I have not got any communication from the City about when
the salaries will be paid so that we could call the teachers and talk to them
so now we cannot talk to them because you know teaching is about motivation to
Albert Lutoo, the deputy Head teacher of Ober Primary
school in Lira City West Division, says his teachers accepted to return to
class after conducting a small meeting with them.
“For us, we have talked to our teachers and they have
accepted to continue teaching because they know that the government will pay
their salary and when we do not teach, it will be very difficult to recover the
loss so we intend to just continue. We are running normally although the
teachers are crying.” He said.
Ambrose Ogwal, a representative of Secondary School Teachers
at Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) blamed the technical and political
leaders of Lira city for the delay in paying their salary.
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Ogwal says they are striking for the shake of their learners
because teachers cannot teach well when they are financially incapacitated.
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But Edward Kiwanuka Gwavu, the Lira City Town Clerk blamed
the challenge on inadequate funding by the Ministry of Finance, Planning and
He said the issue is being handled and the teachers
have been made aware.
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Geoffrey Okot a business man whose children are in different
primary and secondary schools in Lira City blames the government for not prioritizing
the teachers, saying money is being wasted on other activities that do not
develop everyone in the country.
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Last year, teachers of Lira City Missed their salaries for September and October. The money was paid in November and
December after getting a supplementary budget from the Ministry.