Speaking at the National Teachers Day celebrations at Kololo ceremonial grounds, Filbert Baguma the UNATU General Secretary noted that the idea of preferring science teachers is wrong and a sign of discrimination among the teachers and other government workers who are not scientists.
National Teachers Union-UNATU on Tuesday disagreed with President Museveni on
the government’s plan to increase the remuneration of science teachers.
Speaking at the National Teachers Day celebrations at Kololo ceremonial
grounds, Filbert Baguma the UNATUGeneral
Secretary noted that the
idea of preferring science teachers is wrong and a sign of discrimination among
the teachers and other government workers who are not scientists.
that if the government insists on the payment of a basic salary of four million
shillings for science teachers without giving any increment to other teachers,
it will put the resumption of teaching in jeopardy.
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Baguma said that UNATU is not against the proposed increment, but wants all
graduate teachers to benefit from the increment.
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In June 2021, President Museveni while meeting doctors under their umbrella
Uganda Medical Association (UMA) at the Entebbe State House, reiterated the
government’s commitment to enhance salaries of medical practitioners and other
scientists including teachers. The pledge was recently approved by the cabinet
putting the science teachers' salary to four million shillings.
However, humanities and arts teachers weren’t happy with the discussion. Baguma
says that the increasing salaries of science teachers came at a time when the
government has failed to honour its pledge to enhance all teachers’ salaries as
agreed upon in the collective bargain agreement that had been signed in
Baguma further reminded the President about a pledge he made during the 2020
international teachers’ day celebrations when he promised to establish a salary
Museveni said that the government will not backtrack on the decision.
said that the government was focused on developing Uganda using a science-led
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asked UNATU officials not to resist his efforts or put him under pressure after
knowing that the government is prioritizing scientists first to encourage
Science and Technology Innovation.
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said that he appreciates the importance and contribution of arts and
Humanities. He said that due to limited resources, the government cannot give a
pay rise for all teachers.