Govt Fails to Allocate Funds for Teacher's Pay Rise Top story

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Joseph Ssewungu, the Kalungu County West Member of Parliament demanded that the Education Ministry should provide the 133billion Shillings as promised by government before teachers strike again.

Teachers will have to wait a little longer for the last installment of their salary increment, should parliament approve the 2016/2017 proposed budget in its current form.

Government has failed to include the Shillings 133 billion in the proposed 2016/2017 financial year budget to cater for the teacher's salary increment.

In August 2011, government agreed to give teachers a 50 percent pay rise in a phased manner, spread over a period of three financial years. In May this year, teachers called off their strike after government agreed to give them 15 percent increment in the 2016/17 financial year.
 
This afternoon, Professor Sandy Stevens Tickodri Togboa, the State Minister for Higher Education told the Education Committee of parliament that despite assurances to Uganda National Teacher's Union, the Finance Ministry had failed to provide money to cater for the teacher's pay rise.
 
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The revelation by the Minister didn't go down well with members of the Committee. They threatened to block the Education sector budget unless the money for the teacher's pay rise is provided.
 
William Kwemara, the Education Committee Vice Chairperson said government committed itself to increase the teacher's pay.
 
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Joseph Ssewungu, the Kalungu County West Member of Parliament demanded that the Education Ministry should provide the Shillings 133billion as promised by government before teachers strike again.
 
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Kiddhu Makubuya, the Katikamu South MP questioned how the committee is going to proceed with the sector budget without having an allocation to the teacher's salary. 
 
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Education Minister Jessica Alupo, assured the MPs that her ministry would follow up the matter to ensure that the money is availed.

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.