The Uganda Private Teachers Union has petitioned parliament over
the 20 Billion Shillings pledged to private teachers to help them recover from
the effects of the covid-19 outbreak.
In July 2020, President Museveni pledged 20 Billion Shillings to support
teachers in private schools who were affected by the closure of schools.
President Museveni added 2 Billion Shillings to the contribution, which was
supposed to be channelled to their respective Savings and Credit Cooperative
However the union-led by their General Secretary Juma Mwamula on Wednesday
informed the Speaker of Parliament Rebbeca Kadaga that they are yet to receive
the money. He said that the funds were transferred from the Microfinance
Support Centre to the Ministry of Education which has come up with stringent
measures and teachers have failed to access it.
Mwamula now wants the money to be reverted to the Microfinance
Support Centre to enable every teacher in need to benefit. They also want parliament
to intervene in the matter.
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Mwamula also called for teachers to be included among the
beneficiaries of Emyooga, a poverty alleviating project.
Kadaga in response promised to follow up on the matter, saying if
this money is available it should be given to the teachers.
On Emyooga, She says it is surprising that most affected teachers are not accessing
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Last year, MPs questioned the criterion government will use to
distribute the 20 Billion Shillings.
The Executive Director at Microfinance Support Centre, John Peter
Mujuni said that each teachers' saving and credit Cooperative Society will
directly get its money.