Messages on the need to improve the welfare of teachers have dominated celebrations of the International teachers day in Mbarara district.
World Teachers Day is held yearly on October 5 and it is observed all over the world since 1994 after the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – UNESCO recommendation concerning Teachers.
As indicated by UNESCO, World Teachers’ Day speaks to a massive token of the mindfulness, comprehension and thankfulness showed for the fundamental commitment that educators make in advancement by teaching.
The national celebrations in Uganda are underway in Fortportal under the theme: “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher.”
Speaking to Croozefm at UNATU grounds in Booma where celebrations for Mbarara district are taking place, Muhanguzi David Kaniga, the regional Coordinator-Uganda National teachers Union southwestern region says most schools still have headteachers in caretaker capacity which has demotivated them, while other teachers have acquired additional qualifications but have not been promoted.
Twahirwa Ben Patrick, the chairman UNATU Mbarara municipality on his own says much as the government is trying to address teachers concerns, there are still issues that work to demotivate teachers, including salary, payroll management, salary and housing conditions.
Retired Capt.JB Bamuturaki, the LCV Chairperson Mbarara district who is the guest of honour in response to the teachers’ concerns says that government has already secured a loan to improve teachers housing facilities.