Arts teachers will have to stand on their own as their science counterparts have come out to say they do not share the same course.
Vincent Elong, President Uganda Professional Science Teacher’s Union, has said as science teachers, they are not responsible for the salaries of arts teachers.
Vincent was responding to questions why they are only campaigning for salary increment of science teachers.
“I am not responsible for the salaries of the arts teachers. They have a union, and that union should sort their salary issues.What pushed us to declare this industrial action is the continuous marginalization of this group of scientists (teachers) that are very key to this country.”
Vincent says they are only following up on the directive of the president to increase their salaries. According to him, in no way did this make them selfless.
“There was a directive from the President and the cabinet. And what I know, you must work around implementing a presidential directive. It is not debatable.We haven’t asked for arrears. What we want is the implementation of the presidential directive going forward. We are still the selfless teachers we have always been, but the cost of living is high.”
He revealed that he gets only 900,000 that he has to use for all the expenses.
“I work at City High School and earn UGX 900,000. This is the money I have to use to get affordable housing, transport to and from work, and pay school fees for my children, among other responsibilities.”
Currently, science teachers are on strike all over the country until the government increases their salary. The question is, if their salary is increased, will the arts teachers just sit around?
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