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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.