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Teacher Pushes for Increased Pay for Over 10 Years

Mutinye started teaching at Kamonkoli Secondary School in Mbale up to 1999 when he was transferred to Bulucheke SS in Bududa district where he taught until 2018. He was then transferred to Mbale High School last year where he is currently teaching Geography both at Ordinary and Advanced levels.

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A secondary teacher in Mbale district has been pushing for his salary increment since 2007 when he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Education.

John Mutinye has taught geography at Mbale High School for the last 24 years. He qualified in 1995 with a diploma in Education. 

Mutinye started teaching at Kamonkoli Secondary School in Mbale up to 1999 when he was transferred to Bulucheke SS in Bududa district where he taught until 2018. 

He was then transferred to Mbale High School last year where he is currently teaching Geography both at Ordinary and Advanced levels. 

Mutinye started getting the urge for a pay rise after teaching for three years following his upgrade from a diploma to a degree holder in 2007. 

He started applying for promotion to the salary scale of a Degree holder but his hopes kept falling as time passed by because his applications yielded nothing.  

He currently earns a net pay of Shillings 596,000 a month much lower than Shillings 780,000 that is paid to degree holders.   

In 2010, government advertised vacant positions for secondary teachers. Mutinye was among the applicants but to his surprise he wasn’t shortlisted for interviews.   

This didn’t demoralize him. He kept strong and waited for the next advertisement, which came in 2014. Mutinye applied again but wasn’t shortlisted again.

He applied again in 2018 but was turned down for alleged failure to meet the required qualifications because he didn’t present his pay slips for the financial year. 

Mutinye couldn’t have lost hope in getting a promotion but he is worried because he only has 8 years to retire from service. 

Mutinye, 52, is a father of five children who are all in school. His eldest daughter is currently pursuing a diploma in Records Management at Nkumba University where she pays Shillings 1.1 Million each semester.   

His second born is pursuing a certificate in Engineering at Iganga Polytechnic paying at least Shillings 600,000 each term. The remaining children are in private primary schools where each pay at least Shillings 300,000 per term.   

According to Mutinye, his salary is inadequate to pay for the fees of his children and cater for other needs of his family, which has forced him to go for loans.   

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Mutinye also decries the high costs of living because of the high commodity prices yet his salary has remained stagnant.   

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According to Mutinye, government should consider promoting teachers basing on the number of years of service and their expertise. Mutinye feels disheartened and frustrated whenever he sees his former students being promoted and earning more than him.  

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The Mbale District Education Officer, Harriet Mwesigwa, says there are challenges in the promotion system. She explains that it is not automatic that when one attains another qualification he or she is promoted.   

Mwesigwa explains that there are many people who have qualified but only a few positions are available because of the limited salary resource envelope. 

She discloses that the Education Ministry has drafted a promotional ladder to promote teachers who have been in the system for long and urged such teachers to keep applying.

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