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Parliament Directs Gov’t on Teachers’ Relief Funds

Francis Mwijukye, the Buhweju County MP also asked government to find another way of disbursing the money since many private teachers don’t belong to Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies- SACCOs.
06 Aug 2020 18:04
Mukono South MP Johnson Muyanja Ssenyonga raised a matter of national importance in regard to the plight of teachers.

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A group of legislators has questioned the criterion government intends to use to distribute the relief funds provided by President, Yoweri Museveni and the Finance Ministry for private teachers. 

Recently, President Museveni pledged to provide a revolving fund of Shillings 2 billion to help private teachers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.

This was followed by another Shillings 20 billion to be disbursed by the Finance Ministry to the Microfinance Support Centre.

The teachers are expected to borrow the money to set up projects to boost their household incomes and thereby improve their livelihoods.

On Thursday, the Mukono South MP, Johnson Muyanja Ssenyonga raised a matter of national importance during the plenary session chaired by the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga. 

He told the house that there is no clear guidance from government in regard to the disbursement of the funds. 

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He also noted that the money shouldn’t be given to teachers in form of a loan.

 

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Francis Mwijukye, the Buhweju County MP also asked government to find another way of disbursing the money since many private teachers don’t belong to Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies- SACCOs.  

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The Ruhinda North MP, Thomas Tayebwa also reported that teachers in his constituencies were being requested to pay Shillings 20,000 as registration so as to benefit from the government funds.

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In her response, Kadaga said the plight of teachers is stressful, saying many private teachers have petitioned her office. She demanded for details from the Finance Ministry on how the money will be disbursed.    

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The State Minister for Planning, David Bahati said government has engaged with private teachers especially at the Head of State level, saying the Education Minister will will appear before Parliament and present a statement on how issues of private teachers are going to be attended to.  

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The Executive Director of Microfinance Support Centre, John Peter Mujuni recently told Uganda Radio Network-URN that each teacher’s saving and credit Cooperative Society will get the money directly. 

He said that although they would like to deal with an apex body that can organize the beneficiaries, they noticed that private schools don’t have a well-recognized national Sacco through, which the money can be channeled.  

The Uganda Private Teachers’ Union - UPTU and Nation Federation for Non-State Education Institution had already started mobilising interested teachers to rally behind them if they needed to benefit from the fund. 

Now, Mujuni says that they expect teachers to create and register SACCOs of not more than 30 people, saying each of the SACCO will get a maximum of Shillings 30 million.    

The microfinance support center says the available funds are expected to benefit 2000 SACCOs across the country with each receiving UGX10M. 

The SACCOs will be strictly for active teachers and each member will be requested to have an appointment letter from his current station on top of other documents including the national identification card, registration certificate among others. 

URN learnt that the Center will be giving out the money at an interest rate of 8 percent per annum.

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