It should be noted that for about two weeks now teachers have laid down their tools.
These are advocating for harmony amongst teachers and equitable pay. This follows government’s move to increase the salaries of science teachers whilst ignoring the arts teachers.
Despite a number of engagements including a meeting with the President, they are yet to reach a solution. Leaners have continued to languish at home as these academicians have vowed not to step in class if their grievances are not addressed.
According to Bitarakwate, teachers are highly valued in the country and their works are appreciated. However, there are laws and policies that govern public service therefore, they just can’t order a salary increment.
She further said that they can understand their grievances but their actions are not justifiable.
She also said that government is still trying to establish what’s on the ground. Also, the door is still open towards negotiations. And the government is open towards finding a solution to their demands.
Furthermore, she said that government deems this strike illegal. The teachers should have remained at their workstations as government devised a long-lasting solution.
She implored these teachers to put into mind what has been happening globally. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many economies across the world. Bitarakwate told these teachers to act like parents if they have any national good at heart.
“The government deems this strike illegal but doesn’t deem the grievance as unjustified. The economic issues and what has been happening has affected economies globally, including Uganda. Let’s not forget that the rest of the service is waiting, and the situation is the same for them. I trust that the teachers have national good at heart. They are parents too. The impact of the industrial action has been felt,” she further said.
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