News / Africa

Uganda Leader to Review Teachers’ Strike Report

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, November 30, 2012.
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, November 30, 2012.
Peter Clottey
Uganda’s government spokesman says a team of Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU) and administration officials will present its report about the ongoing teachers strike to President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday.

Ofwono Opondo says the government does not have money in this year’s budget to meet teachers’ demands for increased pay and better living conditions. The government established the joint team two weeks ago to explore ways of finding funds to meet teachers’ demands.

UNATU, which wrote to the Education ministry announcing plans to begin a nationwide strike next month, is demanding at least 20 percent increase in teacher salaries.

At a recent news conference, James Tweheyo, the UNATU general secretary, said the teachers would begin a nationwide strike September 14, a day before the third school term begins.

Included on the team that met Tuesday to find solutions to the union demands were the ministers of finance, public service, education and sports as well as UNATU.

“They have failed to find which area they would reduce money from and add on to the teachers’ salaries. And therefore, [Wednesday] they are going to report to the president that they have failed to find the money to make an increment [increase] this financial year,” said Opondo. “Perhaps their recommendation is that they will consider increasing teachers’ salaries the 20 percent as agreed earlier on next financial year. But, this financial year there is no money.”

The teachers say they will refuse to return to the classrooms until their demands are met.

“Government is appealing to the teachers in the primary schools, secondary schools and the university lecturers at Makerere University that they should go back to the classroom as government explores [ways] in the long term. Next financial year, government may consider to re-prioritize salary increase for the public sector. For this financial year, I am afraid the government does not have that money,” Opondo said.

Makerere University has been closed since striking teachers refused to return to the classroom until they get a 100 percent pay increase. The government initially rejected the demand -- dismissing the teachers’ strike as blackmail.

But government spokesman Opondo says the University Council is working with the administration to find funds to meet the striking teachers’ demands.

“The vice chancellor called saying they will be reporting to the government [Wednesday], perhaps by midday [local time]. Because they have been exploring internal areas there so that when the vice chancellor reports, perhaps he would report what they have been able to find from internally generated revenue so that they can make the addition to the lecturers pay,” said Opondo. “Obviously, it won’t be a 100 percent increase as the lecturers are demanding, it may be less if there is any increment at all.”
Clottey interview with Ofwono Opondo, Uganda government spokesman
Clottey interview with Ofwono Opondo, Uganda government spokesmani
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X

You May Like

Nigeria Incumbent in Tight Spot as Poll Nears

Muhammadu Buhari is running a strong challenge to Goodluck Jonathan, amid a faltering economy and Boko Haram security worries More

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo tells VOA that despite her fame, life is still a struggle as she waits for government's promise of support to arrive More

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

At least seven different indigenous groups in Ratanakiri depend mainly on forest products for their survival, say they face loss of their land, traditional way of life More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grievingi
X
Benno Muchler
March 26, 2015 3:41 PM
Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video US, South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises

The Eighth U.S. Army Division and the Eighth Republic of Korea Mechanized Infantry Division put on a well orchestrated show of force for the media this week during their joint military training exercises in South Korea. VOA’s Seoul correspondent Brian Padden was there and reports the soldiers were well disciplined both in conducting a complex live fire exercise and in staying on message with the press.
Video

Video Space Program Status Disappoints 'Last Man on the Moon'

One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Young Filmmakers Shine Spotlight on Giving Back

A group of student filmmakers from across the United States joined President Barack Obama at the White House this month for the second annual White House Student Film Festival. Fifteen short films were officially selected from more than 1,500 entries by students aged 6 through 18. The filmmakers and their families then joined the president and a group of celebrities for a screening of their films. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video VOA Exclusive: Interview with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, during his first visit as president to Washington, gave a one-on-one interview with VOA Afghan Service reporter Said Suleiman Ashna, about his request for a change in U.S. troop levels, the threat from the Islamic State, and repairing relations with the United States and Pakistan. The interview was held at Blair House, late Sunday, in Pashto.
Video

Video California Science Center Tells Story of Dead Sea Scrolls

The ancient manuscripts were uncovered in the mid-20th century, and they are still yielding clues about life and religious beliefs in ancient Israel. As VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports, an exhibit in Los Angeles shows how modern science is bringing the history of these ancient documents to life.
Video

Video Angelina Jolie Takes Another Bold Step

Hollywood actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has revealed she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to lower her odds of getting cancer. Doctors say the huge publicity over her decision will help raise awareness about the importance of cancer screening. VOA’s George Putic has more

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More