By Ivan Mwine
The government of Uganda has threatened to terminate the contracts of all arts teachers who are currently on strike, demanding an increase of their salaries.
The teacher announced industrial action on June 15th, 2022 and vowed not to return to class unless the government, through the Ministry of Education, increases their salaries, just like it was done for their counterparts who teach sciences.
However, according to a letter from Catherine Birakwate Musingwire, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Public Service, the striking teachers have since been directed to either return to class or risk being deleted from the payroll.
Birakwate’s letter dated June 22nd, 2022 directed to the Secretary General Uganda National Teachers; Union, reads in part thus;
“Government has not issued any directive for closure of any school and therefore any contrary instructions to learners are regarded illegal. All schools are expected to proceed with the Ministry of Educations and Sports school calendar for the 2nd Term.
By copy of this letter, the Chief Administrative Officers and Town Clerks are called upon to take stock of the Teachers present and submit absent Teachers by the 30th June , 2022 for eventual removal from the payroll.