Joseph Ssewungu Gonzaga, the Kalungu County West representative said that the decision to pay science teachers in exclusion of arts teachers is discriminatory and contravenes provision of Article 102b of the Constitution.
Lawmakers have backed the striking teachers in the
country to hold a firm grip on their industrial action amid threats of job
termination until the Government implements a uniform pay raise for all the
Recently, the Government announced salary enhancement for
the science teachers effective in the new Financial Year 2022/2023 in disregard of the arts teachers. As a result, the announcement sparked an uproar from the Uganda National Teacher's Union - UNATU,
an umbrella body for the teachers to declare a nationwide sit-down that began on Wednesday June 15th 2022 paralyzing learning in public schools.
Several MPs who spoke to URN expressed displeasure following
the threats by the Government giving the striking teachers a two-day ultimatum till today Friday to call off their industrial action or risk their names being deleted
from the payroll.
Buhweju County MP, Francis Mwijukye, said there should
not be any form of division amongst people of the same profession in any way, describing the Government's move as dictatorial, illegitimate and which will cause more damage to the learners in the country.
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Asuman Basalirwa, the Bugiri Municipality legislator also described the ongoing situation as a crisis that needs to the Government to negotiate with the aggrieved teachers or consider passing a supplementary budget arguing that what the teachers demanding is constitutional which is governed by the labour
laws such as the Employment Act, 2006.
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Meanwhile, Joseph Ssewungu Gonzaga, the Kalungu County West
representative said that the decision to pay science teachers in exclusion of Arts teachers is discriminatory and contravenes provision of Article 102b of the
As a member of Parliamentary Committee on Education, Ssewungu who is a former teacher and Chairperson of UNATU disclosed that they never passed the salary enhancement to science teachers. He criticized President Museveni for being off-guard with the proposed pay raise which discriminates the teachers yet he (Museveni) is an adherent of history.
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On Wednesday, Catherine
Bitarakwate Musingwiire, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service, issued
a threatening statement warning any teacher who would not resume work by
Friday, 24 June 2022 “would be fired.”
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.