Mbarara Teacher's Shun Industrial Action

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At Nyamityobora primary school in Kakoba division 90 percent of pupils and teachers were present by 11.00am and classes were going on when our reporter visited the school.

Teachers in Government Aided schools in Mbarara municipality resumed their normal duties this morning despite the countrywide strike announced by Uganda National Teacher's Union-UNATU.



 
Last week, UNATU announced a countrywide strike by teachers over the government's failure to give them a 10 percent pay rise in the new financial year.
 

 
UNATU accused government of breaching an earlier agreement with teachers to give them a 50 percent pay rise over a three year period. However, in Mbarara municipality teachers in almost all the 40 Government Aided primary and secondary schools turned up turned for normal duty.

 
At Nyamityobora primary school in Kakoba division 90 percent of pupils and teachers were present by 11.00am and classes were going on when our reporter visited the school. Boaz Mugabirwe, the head teacher Nyamityobora primary school told URN that the work UNATU is to lobby for their welfare and not to get them out of job.
 
 
He wondered why UNATU would want them to lay down their tools at risk of being sacked yet it took them a lot to get on the Government payroll. Molly Kyomugisha, a primary four teacher at Nyamityobora primary school said she could not hid to UNATU's call to strike for fear of losing her retirement package next year.

 
Teaching also went on normally at Mbarara army school in Kakiika division and Mbarara secondary school in Kakoba division. Warrant officer Ahmed Ahabwe Sadick, the assistant director of studies Mbarara Army School said 30 out of the 70 teachers had turned up for lessons.
 

Ahabwe said they couldn't join the strike, which will not yield any fruits at the end of the day. At Mbarara secondary school teachers who spoke on condition of anonymity said they were forced to teach by the RDC Nick son Kabuye and a team of education officers despite the fact that they were willing to join their colleagues in the industrial strike for a pay raise. 
 
 
However, URN couldn't independently verify these claims. Greens Kansiime, the Mbarara Municipal Education Officer in charge of sports was happy that almost all teachers in Mbarara reported for work today. He said only teachers of Madarasati Hamuzar primary and Mbarara Pentecostal primary schools ignored their directive to report for work. 




He said they are working on modalities to ensure that all teachers report for duty by Tuesday adding that those who fail will be sacked.