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.
TEXT SIZE - +
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

Photogallery Pope's Easter Prayer: Peace in Ukraine, Syria

Pontiff also calls for end to terrorist acts in Nigeria, violence in Iraq, and success in peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians More

Abdullah Holds Lead in Afghan Presidential Election

Country's Election Commission says that with half of the ballots counted, former FM remains in the lead with 44 percent of the vote More

Russia-Ukraine Crisis Could Trigger Cyber War

As tensions between Kyiv and Moscow escalate, so too has frequency of online attacks targeting government, news and financial sites 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.
Ukraine, Russia, United in Faith, Divided in Politicsi
X
Michael Eckels
April 19, 2014
There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.
Video

Video Ukraine, Russia, United in Faith, Divided in Politics

There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.
Video

Video Face of American Farmer is Changing

The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
Video

Video Donetsk Governor: Ukraine Military Assault 'Delicate But Necessary'

Around a dozen state buildings in eastern Ukraine remain in the hands of pro-Russian protesters who are demanding a referendum on self-rule. The governor of the whole Donetsk region is among those forced out by the protesters. He spoke to VOA's Henry Ridgwell from his temporary new office in Donetsk city.
Video

Video Drones May Soon Send Data From High Seas

Drones are usually associated with unmanned flying vehicles, but autonomous watercraft are also becoming useful tools for jobs ranging from scientific exploration to law enforcement to searching for a missing airliner in the Indian Ocean. VOA’s George Putic reports on sea-faring drones.
Video

Video New Earth-Size Planet Found

Not too big, not too small. Not too hot, not too cold. A newly discovered planet looks just right for life as we know it, according to an international group of astronomers. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
Video

Video Copts in Diaspora Worry About Future in Egypt

Around 10 percent of Egypt’s population belong to the Coptic faith, making them the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. But they have become targets of violence since the revolution three years ago. With elections scheduled for May and the struggle between the Egyptian military and Islamists continuing, many Copts abroad are deeply worried about the future of their ancient church. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky visited a Coptic church outside Washington DC.
Video

Video Critics Say Venezuelan Protests Test Limits of Military's Support

During the two months of deadly anti-government protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has accused the opposition of trying to initiate a coup. Though a small number of military officers have been arrested for allegedly plotting against the government, VOA’s Brian Padden reports the leadership of the armed forces continues to support the president, at least for now.
Video

Video More Millenials Unplug to Embrace Board Games

A big new trend in the U.S. toy industry has more consumers switching off their high-tech gadgets to play with classic toys, like board games. This is especially true among the so-called millenial generation - those born in the 1980's and 90's. Elizabeth Lee has more from an unusual café in Los Angeles, where the new trend is popular and business is booming.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
AppleAndroid