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Science Teachers in Gulu Decline To Join Industrial Action

Professional Science Teachers holding placards in protest

Schools in Gulu city have blocked their science teachers from joining the highly expected industrial action over failure by the government to enhance their salaries.

Last week, Uganda Professional Science Teachers Union announced industrial action starting Monday over failure by the government to enhance their salaries.

This was after government in August, 2021 announced that the cabinet had passed a resolution to increase salaries of scientists this financial 2021/22. This include Shs4m for the newly-appointed degree holders and Shs3m for diploma holders.

On Monday as the new term opened, science teachers in government-aided secondary schools across the country participated in a nationwide industrial action, a section of their counterparts in the region were no show and in class teaching.

In an interview with Mega Fm Torach Simon Peter, the head teacher Sir Samuel Baker secondary school, said they told the science teachers union in Acholi sub region not to join the  strike because their counterparts in private schools are continuing to teach.

Robert Ocen Tommy, the Head teacher Gulu High School, and his counterpart of Gulu Senior Secondary school Irene Mwaka also said all their teachers reported to class on Monday.

However, when contacted Geoffrey Ojara Ojiri, the Chairperson Uganda Profession Science Teachers Union for Acholi sub region says it was wrong for the head teachers in the region to block science teachers from joining the strike saying its for the benefit of all teachers in the country.

Government provided Shs400b in the budget to enhance salaries for all scientists, including science teachers and medical workers.

Of the Shs400b, Shs111b had been earmarked to enhance salaries for science teachers and Shs27b for scientists in tertiary institutions.

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