Teachers, Government clash over salary increment promises
By Melanie Aanyu,
Science Teachers in Government Secondary Schools in Mbale City are striking just like their colleagues in other districts following government’s promises of salary increament.
The industrial action has left some headteachers stranded as teachers have vowed not to return to class until the government commits in writing, to increase their salaries, even after it announced a Shs700b intervention.
The Head teacher Mbale High School, Stephen Wambalo says it’s now the second week and there is no science teacher at school.
He said that even those that were willing to teach were smoked out of the classrooms by their fellow teachers who have maintained the strike adding that they are trying to source for teachers from out but that it is costly.
Malike Wasukila, the Deputy Head Teacher Nkoma Secondary School also says since the strike started, they have not seen any science teacher in their school compound.
He said they are depending on teachers who are not on pay roll though the number is too small to handle all the classes since the population is high.
In August last year, the government announced it would increase scientists’ pay, an undertaking that would push their earnings above Shs4m as arts and primary school teachers wait for subsequent budgets.