As Uganda joins other countries around the world to mark World Teachers’ Day tomorrow, teachers in Kabale and Rukiga districts have asked the Government to provide good working conditions in order for their pupils to get an enhanced education.
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.
Now, Jacent Kyarimpa a teacher at Muyumbu primary school says that despite this day gives teachers an opportunity to celebrate the profession and to promote the recommendations regarding their status, she said they still earn low money yet they determine the future of pupils.
She calls upon the government to increase the education sector budget to cater for recruitment of more teachers, accommodation, increased capitation grants and above all better remuneration for our teachers.
The Uganda National Teachers’ Union chairperson for Rukiga Branch who is also a teacher at Nyabirerema primary school Moses Tumuhimbise says that while they have made some strides as teachers, they are still hindered from offering quality education because of unfair transfers and the consistent deletion of teachers from the payroll without any
He says complains of inadequate facilities like classrooms, furniture and understocked libraries, which makes their work difficult for teachers and asked the government to do something.
Andrew Mwesigye, a teacher at St. Francis College Kyanamira secondary the school says that he does not see a reason why they should join others to mark the day because they teach and live in favourable conditions.
He says that government has also failed to fulfil its promise of increasing teacher’s salaries.
He also says that most of the teachers’ cries of delayed salaries, deletions, half pay, non-payment of arrears and allowances among others.
The National Celebrations will be held in Fort Portal, Kabarole district under the theme: “the right to education means a right to a qualified teacher.” and President Yoweri Museveni will be the chief guest.
Meanwhile, As teachers across the country gather to celebrate World Teachers Day in Fort Portal, Kabarole district, A section of Members of Parliament who are professional teachers express mixed reactions on the importance of the day and the national celebrations.
Teachers’ Day is celebrated as a tribute to the valuable contribution made by teachers to the society by imparting knowledge and enlightening and shaping the career of students.
This year, the theme is “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher.” And the Chief Guest will be President Yoweri, Kaguta Museveni.
We spoke to Bubulo West Mp Rose Mutonyi Masaaba, former Grade 111 teacher also former deputy principal of Busubizi primary teacher training college, Mityana who says Teachers’ Day is an occasion to pay reverence and gratitude to teachers for their selfless effort in education.
Masaaba says the day should be a reminder to the government to increase the salaries of both the Science and Arts teachers without discrimination.
For his part, Manjiya Mp John Baptist Nambeshe a former science teacher at Buduuda Ss says the government should include more districts among the beneficiaries of a 30 per cent special salary increment for teachers in hard-to-reach areas for attraction and retention citing Buduuda which is mountainous.