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UNATU Makes Demands As The International Teachers Day Is Celebrated

Uganda has joined the rest of the world to commemorate World Teachers Day. With the development, the Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) has made a couple of demands to the government.

Mr Filbert Baguma, the Secretary-General of the Union says they work too much for little pay making them undervalued. He said this has led to an enormous increase in resignations.

He went further to reveal that they are struggling with a number of economic, and personal challenges. These have forced them to quit the profession for alternative higher income-generating ventures.

These challenges are worsened by the high cost of living, salary disparity between arts and science tutors among other things.

Based on these challenges, the government has been asked to increase their salaries fairly with no discrimination. Further provision of funds to support the their SACCO, and investment of more funds in teaching and learning to ease their work.

“World Teachers Day is celebrated despite the challenges the teachers go through because it’s an opportunity to mobilize support, create awareness of our issues, and many more. If you forget the teacher, you have forgotten education. No education system is better than the quality of its teachers,” Baguma said on Wednesday.

The national commemorative event is set to be held at Kololo Independence Grounds. President Yoweri Museveni accompanied by the Minister of Education, Janet Museveni are expected to attend.

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