Last Sunday, members of the Uganda Professional Science Teachers Union’s executive mobilised science teachers for an industrial action, demanding government to approve Shs139b that was meant for their salary increment.
Mr Martin Okiria Obore, the chairperson of the Secondary Head Teachers Association, urged government to fulfill the pledge because the impact of the ongoing teachers’ strike is grave and could lead to a severe academic backlog.
While addressing journalists at Uganda Media Centre in Kampala yesterday, Dr Baryomunsi said the money had been set aside in the 2022/2023 national budget to cater for the increment. The total budget for this financial year is estimated at about Shs47 trillion.
According to Dr Baryomunsi, the increment will mainly depend on one’s area of speciality and academic qualifications and the funds will come from locally generated revenue. He added that despite the fact that we respect all the professions in the country, scientists play a very significant role in the nation; an example was after the COVID 19 pandemic where knowledge from the scientists seemed the only way out.
Currently, the salary of science teachers that are degree holders is between Shs1.1m to Shs1.4m depending on the experience whereas that of the diploma holders ranges between Shs 700000 and Shs 900000.
The resolution however is that the salary of science teachers will be increased to Shs. 4m for degree holders and Shs. 3m for diploma holders with effect from 1st July, 2022.