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Go back and teach, Museveni Advises Striking Arts Teachers

by Max Pat
posted onJuly 4, 2022

President Yoweri Museveni has advised striking Arts teachers to go back and teach as Government looks into their demands for salary increment. 

Arts teachers declared a strike mid last month following government's decision to increase salaries of science teachers by almost 300%.

While meeting the teachers and regional leaders of Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds over the ongoing strike, Museveni urged the teachers to return to class saying Government will consider their plight at a later stage. 

"We have a strategy and no one should disrupt us. 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," Museveni said. He was accompanied by the Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataaha Museveni while the teachers were in company of the Workers' MPs. 

"I assured them that while government acknowledges the issues raised by the Arts teachers, we are also aware of salary issues from other workers; the army, Police officers, etc who are equally important to the growth and development of this country," he tweeted. 

Museveni and First Lady Janet Museveni during the meeting with Arts teachers
Museveni and First Lady Janet Museveni during the meeting with Arts teachers

Museveni added that government's position is 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," he said. 

During the meeting, the Arts teachers insisted that Government should use the available resources to improve salaries across the board.

After the meeting, Unatu Secretary general, Filbert Baguma told the media after a long discussion with the President, they had agreed to return to class starting today, Tuesday.  

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