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Go back to class- Museveni tells Arts teachers


Go back to class- Museveni tells Arts teachers

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni together with the First Lady and Minister of Education Janet Museveni has met with leaders of the Uganda National Teacher’s Union (UNATU) in their regional clusters at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds this afternoon.
During the meeting, the President says he assured the teachers that while government acknowledges the issues they have raised, the government is also aware of salary issues from other workers like the army, Police officers, among others, who are equally important to the growth and development of this country.
“We have provided a position as government and pledged to competitively remunerate workers guided by a science-led strategy. This does not mean we have forgotten others, but we are choosing to prioritise the few and others can come later. We must finish one problem at a time,” said Museveni.
He added that while the Arts teachers insist that government should use the available resources to improve salaries across the board, it does not solve the salary issue.
“It is okumemerera (sprinkling), where everyone will get a little and then next year everyone strikes,” Museveni added.
The president argues that his government has a strategy and no one should disrupt them.
“We are aware of the issues and we are committed to handling them. Therefore, my advice to the teachers is that they should go back and teach,” he concluded.
Teachers have been on an industrial strike for the last three weeks, prompted by the move by the government to increase salaries for science teachers, leaving their arts counterparts empty handed.

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