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President Museveni: No Salary Increment for Arts Teachers

Uganda’s President Kaguta Yoweri Museveni has directed that there will be no salary increment for teachers who teach humanities.

The Uganda President’s announcement has directly affected a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) of 2018 in which the government of Uganda was to provide uniform salary increments for all teachers.

President Museveni announced this while delivering his speech at the national celebration of World Teachers’ Day at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds in Kampala. Museveni also informed teachers not to press him over any pay rise.

According to the Head of State, the government is only going to prioritise salary increments for science teachers. These comprise teachers who teach Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and ICT at secondary school level and above. Museveni argued that he made the decision owing to the fact that teachers of science subjects contribute to the improvement of the society as well as improved standards of living unlike teachers of Arts subjects.

“We are telling you that we are going to increase salaries of all teachers and all the public servants but if we do not have enough money what do we do? Why can’t we begin with a few who are the most needed and these are the science teachers in different areas?

“This is our ideology from the bush (referring to when he led the guerrilla war that brought him the presidency seat in 1986); it is not a new position. This resistance teachers are launching against our long-held position is incorrect. I advise you to be calm and desist from obstructing our well-thought-out plan,” said President Museveni.

Among those who questioned the idea behind the Cabinet’s decision to approve over Ush 4 Million ($1,116.34) gross monthly salary for science teachers was Uganda National Teachers’ Union (Unatu) secretary-general Mr Filbert Baguma.

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