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Police Quells Teachers Strike in Iganga

The teachers had been informed that they were to sign for a transport refund of 30,000 Shillings each. They stormed out of the training hall at around 12:30 pm demanding their facilitators to either increase the transport costs or cancel the training.
Iganga DPC David Ndaula leads RDC Eva Kwesiga away from protesting teachers at Iganga SS

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Police in Iganga district on Wednesday quelled a sit-down strike staged by 800 teachers who were protesting over low transport allowances.  

The teachers from the seven districts of Iganga, Namutumba, Luuka, Mayuge, Bugiri, Bugweri and Namuyingo were undergoing one- week induction training on the newly approved secondary schools curriculum at Iganga senior secondary school. 

The teachers had been informed that they were to sign for a transport refund of 30,000 Shillings each.  They stormed out of the training hall at around 12:30 pm demanding their facilitators to either increase the transport costs or cancel the training. 

Joshua Mutumba, a teacher from Immaculate Heart School in Luuka district says that government should have given each teacher 20,000 Shillings per day. 

//cue in: “twaidye…

Cue out…bagyitereze male,”. 

Leah Namukose, a teacher at Kigandalo Secondary school says that the proposed allowances cannot foot her transport fees estimated at 55,000 Shillings. 

//cue in: “twalitulowoziza…

Cue out…waka,”. 

Habib Mukisa, a teacher from Namutumba district says that their facilitators don’t sound ready for the current training as they act rude to whoever seeks clarification on allowances and other daily classroom queries. 

//cue in: “information…

Cue out…what they know,”. 

The Iganga Resident District Commissioner, Eva Kwesiga, later on, intervened to calm down the teachers for close to three hours with promises of engaging the ministry of education officials to intervene. 

Kwesigwa however, faulted younger teachers of fuelling the strike as some of them came to the training room with their packed bags.

//cue in: “they are complaining…

Cue out…is the truth,”.