Alupo To Give Govt Position on Teachers' Pay Tomorrow

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In short
The communication from the committee chairperson Sylivia Namabidde did not go well with committee members who insisted that they have to meet the Minister in person especially on teacher’s salaries since they are in the final stages of drafting a report from the Ministry’s policy statement.

Education Minister Jessica Alupo is expected to appear before Parliament’s Education Committee tomorrow to give final verdict over teachers' 20% pay rise that was earlier committed to by government.
 
The Minister was supposed to appear today before the committee but did not saying that her Ministry had sent a written response to issues raised by the committee last week.
 
However this communication from the committee chairperson Sylivia Namabidde did not go well with committee members who insisted that they have to meet the Minister in person especially on teacher’s salaries since they are in the final stages of drafting a report from the Ministry’s policy statement.
 
MP Alex Ndeezi, representative of People with Disabilities in Central, said that it was surprising that the Minister was reluctant to appear yet she has serious issues to answer to the committee concerning the salaries of teachers. He said that the committee had requested her to appear in person in their last meeting.
 
MP Christine Acayo, woman representative Nebbi and a committee member, said that the Minister has to come because the committee had resolved last week that she comes back for final submissions on the Ministry’s policy statement and the teacher’s salaries.

 
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MP Joseph Sewungu, representing Kalungu West, said that the Minister must come to the committee and respond to queries personally but not in a written response. He added that Minister Alupo is also needed by the committee to explain situation of teachers under KCCA schools.
 
Sewungu tasked the Chairperson of the Committee Sylivia Namabidde to explain how exactly the Minister had communicated to her about her not appearing to the committee.
 
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Namabidde said that she was expecting the Minister but after calling her, the Minister said that the Chair’s vice had told the Ministry that they could as well send written response to the committee which Namabidde said was a miscommunication between the chairs.
 
She further said that while on phone, the Minister said that a written response was being brought to the committee in a few minutes. This was after the committee had waited for the Ministry for hours.
 
This response from the chair was rejected by the committee members saying that they cannot go through written responses without the Minister around to give clarity and demanded that she appears tomorrow for final submissions before the committee handles its report.
 
At this point the committee chairperson asked the press to move out saying that it was an internal committee meeting and that they wanted to harmonize the committee stand on the matter.