The teachers continue with their strike irrespective of the president's promise

H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni met members of Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU) yesterday at the State House Entebbe to convince them into calling off the strikes.

The president promised teachers better salaries in due time but at the moment, focus is more on the science teachers. “The government is prepared to improve salaries of all teachers, starting with the science teachers.” he said.

It should not be forgotten that the same president during the peak of Covid-19 undermined arts teachers that they could do close to little in fighting the pandemic. The president comes in when teachers in several schools have gone days without stepping into classrooms.

Teachers holding placards during one of their recent strikes

With the science teachers soon to receive their revised salaries, having striked too, the arts teachers seem to be taking none of that ‘jibi-jaba.’

Present at the meeting was the first lady who also doubles as minister of Education, Games and Sports, Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni, minister for Public Service Hon. Muruli Mukasa, UNATU chairperson Mr. Zadock Tumuhimise among others.

Much as President Museveni sweet-talked the teachers into returning to class, it looks like he was flogging a dead horse. Earlier today, reports emerged showing that teachers were to continue with the strike until their demands are directly met. Do you think the teachers are right to strike or they ‘should be patriotic enough and teach the future generation?


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