President Museveni Assures Arts Teachers on Pay Rise
By Melanie Aanyu,
The government has not forgotten the salary enhancement for arts, social sciences, or teachers of humanities, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has said.
He disclosed this in his remarks during the commencement of the 72nd graduation ceremony at Makerere University this morning.
According to President Museveni, the government decided to first sort out the scientists, who he said are vital for economic growth.
The president’s remarks come days after arts teachers under the Uganda National Professional Arts Teacher Union threatened to lay down their tools unless the government increases their salaries just as it did for the science teachers.
The threats by the art teachers came days after their science colleagues called off their strike following the government’s commitment to increase their pay in the next financial year.
According to President Museveni, the government decided to focus on scientists because they realized that artists depend on the work of scientists.
The Minister of Education and Sports and First Lady, Janet Kataaha Museveni shares the same sentiments.
Early this month, during a meeting with journalists, Janet urged arts teachers to be patient as the government streamlined the salaries of all public servants.