Teachers under the Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU) yesterday asked government to designate October 5th, which is the annual Teachers Day, as a public holiday.
The call was made during the Teachers’ Day celebrations in Booma, Mbarara Municipality, which was held under the theme; ‘The Right to Education Means the Right to a Qualified Teacher.’
David Muhanguzi, the regional UNATU coordinator noted at the event that last year, President Yoweri Museveni had promised to gazette teachers’ day as a public holiday.
“While at the teachers’ day last year in Moroto, President Museveni promised us that he was going to lobby parliament and cabinet to make sure that this day is gazetted a public holiday,” said Muhanguzi.
Muhanguzi said however, that teachers were concerned that the President’s promise had not been effected.
This, he said, was the reason for the low turn up at this year’s Teachers’ Day celebrations.
“The permanent secretary Ministry of Education, accounting officers and other education stakeholders were notified in writing, others through the media that teachers should go and celebrate their day, but I am wondering why the numbers are too small,” said Muhanguzi.
Mbarara District chairman Rtd. Capt. JB Bamuturaki, during his speech promised to have the matter of the public holiday followed up.