Teachers under the Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) have asked government to fulfill its promises to elevate their standards so that the old glory of their profession can be revived.
These, during their Annual General meeting in Kampala pointed out that poor working conditions have led to the decrease in the number of youth joining teaching related courses.
Zaddock Tumuhimbise, the UNATU National chairperson said a lot of young people now take on education as the last resort after failing in all other courses
“As one of the means of attracting back the youth, we decided to engage them in all positions of leadership of the association from Municipality, District up to National level where they participate directly in decision making,” he said.
Tumuhimbise says low salaries have also made many teachers to abandon the profession and join other sectors.
Speaking in response, State Minster for Education and sports Hon Charles Bakabulindi asked the teachers to be patient as government addresses their issues
The minister said teachers in general are badly off as they say because their salaries are far better than many groups of people from the private sector
” The least paid teacher in government school earns three hundred shillings (300,000) monthly which makes him better than many employees in the private sector who earn around 150,000 to 200,000 monthly,” he said.