President Yoweri Museveni has assured head teachers that the salaries of science teachers are to be increased with immediate effect while the remunerations of head teachers and their deputies would be slightly higher than what science teachers will get.
He also revealed that in the coming years, salaries of arts teachers would be increased gradually.
“We have met and agreed on how to handle salaries. The entry level for some of the lowest paid like teachers, soldiers, will go up. Science teachers’ salaries will go up to the regional level. We don’t want to hear that science teachers in Kenya are getting better pay than those in our country,” the President said.
The President was speaking at the closing of a two-day Secondary Schools’ Head Teachers’ Retreat at State House, Entebbe.
3,000 Head Teachers from both private and government aided Secondary Schools throughout the country, attended the first ever National Retreat that was organized by the Ministry of Education and Sports, under the theme of ‘The Head Teacher as the First Inspector.’
The Retreat aimed at engaging all Secondary School Head Teachers to reflect on the importance of their role of ensuring that standards are upheld in the delivery of an effective and efficient quality education in Uganda.
President Museveni also informed the Retreat that discussions are being held with the top management of the Ministry of Education and Sports to reduce the number of subjects taken by students in secondary schools.
“You are tiring the children. Education must not be a punishment but something you like. We are going to sort it out and it should not be something that the students resent,” he said
The President, again, called upon Head Teachers from government-aided schools to stop charging fees in Universal Education institutions where education is meant to be free for children of parents who cannot afford school fees.
“Go back and make social inquiries. Our philosophy was to remove the school charges for those who could not afford…government would then work on improving on the financial situation of these families until they had the capacity to pay. You say they can pay, they say they can’t, go back and get honest answers from the people. For you to say that all must bring money or the children be expelled, is very bad,” the President observed.
Mr. Museveni also called upon planners in the Ministry of Education and Sports to consult him before building new school structures; adding that they should consider building simple bungalow school structures compared to the expensive storeyed buildings that take a lot of money and lead to hindrance of building new secondary schools in other Sub-Counties.
“My plan was to refurbish old schools and build new simple structures but people, without first consulting me, built five-star hotels. Somebody should convince me that theses five star hotels are better than the simple structures. I am very bitter but because I was once a Mulokole, I have forgiven them,” he remarked.
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