A practice by teachers across the country to engage in multiple borrowing has worried Uganda National Teachers Union Leadership who fear that this may disrupt them from performing effectively.
The teachers are said to have alongside loans from commercial banks gone ahead to get more money from microfinance institutions and money lenders.
Uganda National Teachers Union-UNATU is concerned about multiple loans
borrowe by teachers.
Several primary school teachers abandon classes in fear of being
arrested after obtaining multiple loans from money lenders, which has disrupted
Zadock Kamusiime the UNATU National chairperson says that it has been
established that hundreds of teachers flee money lenders.
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He says that there is need to address the welfare of teachers such
as provision of lunch and accommodation so that they minimize the expenses that
would otherwise force them to engage in multiple borrowing.
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UNATU Secretary-General Philbert Baguma says that the biggest
challenge has been the failure by the teachers to understand the interest rates
of the loans before they sign documents.
He says that the union plans to sensitize teachers on the need to
understand the terms and conditions of the loans.
David Muhanguzi Kaniga the UNATU coordinator for South Western
Uganda says that the teachers in the districts of Mbarara, Ntungamo Ibanda,
Bushenyi, Mitooma, Sheema,Kabale,Rukungiri,Kisoro,Kanungu among others have
resorted to absenteeism because of fear to be arrested.
Kananga adds that the money leaders target the teachers especially
when it is time for paying school fees for their children.
Alex Kiwkiriza, the UNATU chairperson for south-western Uganda
says that some of the teachers have surrendered their ATM cards to money
Hannington Twesigye a teacher at Bukinda secondary school in
Rukiga district says that they struggle to access decent accommodation and meals.
He says that teachers spend a lot of money in form of transport to and from
Justus Tumuramye a teacher in Rwampara district says that the
teachers must be helped with counselling and guidance on financial discipline
so that they do not continue to fall easy prey for unscrupulous money lenders.