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.
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
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
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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.