Ugandan Arts Teachers Seek For Presidential Audience Over Salary Increament

KAMPALA (UG)-Teachers of Arts subjects from across the country are seeking to meet President Yoweri Museveni during this two-month-long school holiday to ask him consider increasing their salaries.

The teachers, under their umbrella association; the Uganda Professional Humanities Teachers’ Union (UPHTU), argue that the presidential promise of phased salary enhancement is overdue while their Science counterparts have continued to receive more pay, four times more than theirs.

Speaking during the first UPHTU Annual General Meeting held in Kampala yesterday, Laban Munywanisa, the association head, argued that the current salary for Arts teachers cannot enable them to sustain their families and do other developmental projects.

He stated that they formed UPHTU in April last year to have a common platform as teachers of humanities that can negotiate with the government over the issues they are facing.The union, he said, will explain to President Museveni why Arts subjects are as important as Sciences and the need for uniform salaries.

The UPHTU Secretary General, Francis Mutesasira, reiterated that if the negotiation window fails, they will be left with no option but to lay down their tools of work at the beginning of the next academic year in February.

During the last financial year, the President directed salary increments for Science teachers to Shs4.2 million for Degree holders and Shs2.2million for Diploma holders while their Arts counterparts have continued to earn between Shs700,000 and Shs1.2 million each.