During the conference, UNATU Chairperson Zadock Tumuhimbise emphasized the need to address the factors leading to these deaths.
He highlighted the growing gap in the teaching profession. The union is calling for urgent attention to prevent a potential teacher shortage crisis by 2025.
Between January and November of this year alone, 356 teachers have died. 272 being males, according to UNATU records. Many attribute this alarming rate to teachers’ frustration stemming from poor living standards and inadequate income.
Delegates at the conference expressed concerns about the consequences of these losses. The UNATU branch chairperson of Katakwi, Santus Okot, warned that the government seems unaware of the impending teacher shortage.
The frustration among teachers has led to reckless behavior, with some resorting to unhealthy coping mechanisms.
In 2021, 490 educators died, including 126 women, while in 2022, about 432 teachers passed away, including 104 women. Illustrating the severity of the situation, last month, community members in Terego district arrested a teacher from Ejome Primary School for drinking alcohol during class hours.
The incident highlighted the impact of frustration on educators, affecting both their personal and professional lives.
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