Patrick Sseremba, the School headteacher says that despite the financial constraints, the teachers have used the school reopening as an opportunity to raise several demands some of which he says are unrealistic at the moment.
and administrators of private schools in Masaka are faced with the task of
meeting the expectations and high demands of teachers at they return to classes.
In the wake
of schools reopening from a prolonged lockdown induced by the outbreak of
Covid-19, many private school administrators in Masaka are already facing the
burden of managing teachers’ demands as new preconditions in exchange for the
services to learners.
At Bwala Islamic Secondary School, located in Masaka City, the teachers have compelled
the school administration to yield to demands for granting salary increments if
the school is to retain them.
Sseremba, the School headteacher says that despite the apparent financial
constraints, the teachers have used the school reopening as an opportunity to
raise several demands some of which he says is unrealistic at the moment.
salary, some teachers are demanding that the schools transport them regularly,
to and from their homes if they cannot afford to construct staff quarters or renting
for them houses near the schools.
Sseremba says they have found themselves in a tight fix on meeting the many
demands of their heavily constrained budgets.
Exodus Vocational Secondary School in Nyendo-Mukungwe Division, in Masaka City,
the teachers demanded to be paid advances before they can resume
One of the
teachers who preferred anonymity indicated that the lockdown has hit them hard
and that they cannot remain comfortable in classes before clearing their
outstanding obligations that include sending their children to school.
indicates that they also want the school administration to grant scholarships
to at least one child per teacher, as a token of appreciation for their
resilience through the Covid-19 hardships.
Jimmy Ssemanda, the school’s deputy headteacher says that they will
engage the teachers to find a middle ground that best works for all parties. He
explains that the school is already struggling with so many problems that
include heavy debts, arguing that the demands may further complicate the
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Ali Kaggwa Ddamulira, the Secretary-General of the Masaka Private Teachers
Association says the situation has been brought to their attention. He adds
that they are going to engage with the teachers to make them appreciate the
challenges at hand and plead with them not to demand too much from the already
stressed school proprietors.