Janet Kataaha Museveni, Minister of Education and Sports, has ordered striking art teachers to return to class immediately because the government is committed to raising their pay. (Education Minister orders striking teachers to return to class or face dismissal )
The first lady claimed that teachers’ strike betrayed God, the government, and Ugandans because they are disciples called to serve God’s people.
She spoke as the guest of honor at the launch of the Parish Development model in Ntungamo district on Monday at Kyamate playground.
To avoid foreign dependence, the minister stated that the general public must embrace all pillars of the model in order to transition the 39 percent substance farmers to a money economy.
The former Ruhaama county MP also warned the district’s political and civil leaders that if the program fails to meet its objectives, she will not preside over or attend any functions in the district.
Meanwhile, Public Service Minister Wilson Muruli Mukasa stated yesterday at a press conference in Kampala that the government will engage relevant Arts teachers’ bodies to reach an agreement, denying issuing last week’s ultimatum to striking Arts teachers directing them to return to class or face dismissal.
Ms Catherine Bitarakwate, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Public Service, ordered the striking teachers to return to class by Friday, June 24, or face dismissal for absconding from duty and engaging in “illegal” industrial action in a letter dated June 22.
“Whereas teachers, like all other government employees, have rights and freedoms to be enjoyed under the Constitution and other relevant laws, including the right to withdraw labor,” Ms Bitarakwate wrote.
She directed chief administrative officers and town clerks, who supervise civil servants in districts, cities, and municipalities, to compile the details of non-compliant teachers and submit them to the Public Service ministry headquarters in Kampala by the end of the month in order to facilitate their “removal from the payroll.
In a rejoinder, Filbert Baguma, general secretary of the Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU), described the letter as “full of intimidation, not addressing the concerns of the teachers” and vowed to continue the strike.
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Unatu, the umbrella organization for arts teachers, began a strike on June 15 over discriminatory salary increases and has vowed to continue until the government provides a permanent solution.
This was in response to the government’s decision to raise the pay of scientists, including science teachers.
The salary of degree-holding Science teachers is expected to rise from Shs1.2 million to Shs4 million, while that of diploma-holding Science teachers is expected to rise from Shs950,000 to Shs3 million. (Education Minister orders striking teachers to return to class or face dismissal – Ugandan politics )