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Aron Mugaiga, the General Secretary Uganda Professional Science Teachers Union says they are currently overwhelmed by the volume of complaints they are receiving from different parts of the country over the same matter.
Many teachers of Science across the country have missed out on the recently approved salary enhancement that created waves of anger and celebration in
the education sector.
This financial year, the government declared nearly a 300
per cent salary rise for science teachers in secondary and other post-primary
instructions. The increment saw graduate science and grade V teachers' pay
pushed to 4 million shillings and 3 million shillings up from shillings 1.1
million and 796,000 shillings respectively.
Science teachers were supposed to receive their first
enhanced pay at the end of July, but celebrations were put off when the
ministry of public service delayed sending out new pay structures to their
counterparts in finance. However, by Tuesday of this week, a number of local
governments started effecting payments.
Everest Sseruwuge, an ICT teacher at Ishaka Adventist
college, was among those looking forward to their payday but was taken aback
when he received a notification from the bank with far lower figures than he
Sseruwuge said he rechecked the bank notification several
times in disbelief. He added that he tried to inquire from some of his friends
and some had received the enhanced salary.
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Cleisy Mwanga, a teacher of Food and Nutrition in
Bushenyi District, also says that he missed out on the payout. The teacher
stated that he had planned his finances in expectation of receiving a raise but
was shocked to learn that there was no salary increment for him.
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Yunia Nakabonge, a Mathematics teacher at Wairaka college
in Jinja was left in frustration as she saw her colleagues withdrawing their
enhanced salaries from the bank. She narrated that when she went to the
district there were many other teachers from several schools but the district
official didn’t offer them satisfactory answers.
“They failed to explain what happened," the puzzled teacher complained. "I have taught for
years and have been receiving a science scale salary. Why is it that I got a
salary like the one I have been previously getting? What did they base on to
give that salary because that is above what art teachers receive?”
Fred Tuwinomujuni, a teacher of Mathematics and Physics at Kagonge Secondary in Ibanda District noted that at their school only 6
science teachers out of 13 deployed received the enhancement. The irritated
teacher added that after noticing they went to the education offices to seek an
explanation only to be told that their appointment letter didn’t bear science,
which according to him is not true.
"The human resources officer's answer was inadequate, and
by the time we left his office, he had come around to our point of view as he had run out of lies to tell us. Since I started in the service, I
have personally been paid a science pay. Then, how did my pay scale fluctuate?”
from Njeru municipality also shared a similar complaint. She said that the
salary reached her account on Thursday afternoon but she was shocked after
looking at the figures.
more money, but I instead realized that I had received an amount which is far
less than what I was previously getting,” she told our reporter during an interview
adding that there we re several colleagues who had not yet received anything by Friday
Aron Mugaiga, the General Secretary Uganda Professional
Science Teachers Union also noted that they are currently overwhelmed by the
volume of complaints they are receiving from different parts of the country
over the same matter.
to the bottom of the matter, Mugaiga said that as a union they had instructed a
team to get in touch with the Ministry of Public Service to establish what
could have happened and how it can be resolved.
Mugaiga further said that the union has instructed its
regional and branch heads to assist the affected teachers in submitting
individual complaints to their respective local governments opposing the
underpayment and asking for arrears of the missed payments for the month of
advised the victims to provide their appointment letters and posting
instructions—which list at least one of the science disciplines they
teach—along with the complaint.
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However, amid the confusion, several teachers who were
left out say they are still optimistic that the problem will be resolved.
Elias Munywanisa Katatumba is one such teacher. Katatumba
who teaches agriculture says that as a senior person in public service he is
convinced that since the government approved their new structures they will
ultimately be paid per their scales.
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Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwiire, the permanent
secretary Ministry of Public Service had agreed to address questions about the
potential causes of the disparities, but by the time of publication of this
report, she had not yet replied to our reporter's email.
However, the science teachers union leaders say that from the inquiries made, they have been told that given the fact that the pay
enhancement was automatically generated by the ministry, there is a possibility
that the pay scale of the affected science teachers was erroneously deleted or
not detected by the payroll system. It is also said that some science teachers
were not yet put on a science scale even before the enhancement.