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Several Government-Aided Schools Close Due to Teacher's Strike

Several Government-Aided Schools Close Due to Teacher’s Strike

Several government-aided schools especially in the rural areas have closed due to the ongoing teacher’s strike. Teachers of arts under their umbrella Uganda National Teachers’ Union have decided to put down their tools.

The teachers say the government only increased salaries of science teachers and neglected them which is not fair. This has caused a standstill in government aided schools because students are not learning.

The minister of Public Service Muruli Mukasa however has asked the teachers to go back to school. He informed the teachers that they are organizing a dialogue to discuss their grievances.

Muruli says the government is aware of the grievances of the arts teachers. They are also doing all they can to address them.

“Government is further aware of previous discussions with the leadership of the teacher’s union. It is committed to the plan of enhancing the pay of workers in a phased manner depending on the availability of resources,” he said.

He added that the teachers should not forget that during the lockdown, government was consistent in paying them.

“The education sector had picked up momentum from the 2-year lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This gave hope to our learners and preparing them for the future.

It should be noted that as obliged, government was consistent in promptly paying monthly salaries for all teachers during the two-year lockdown period,” he said.

Muruli also informed the teachers that the Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni is meeting Union leaders on Friday so it should give them hope.

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