Secondary school Science Head teachers and Deputies have decried an uncooperative response from the Ministry of Public Service following a letter from President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in July this year to the minister of public service to effect their salary increment.
These in unison say that to date they haven’t received a response from the ministry and their salaries have not been increased either.
In a letter dated 1st July 2023 addressed to the Minister of Public Service Wilson Muruuli Mukasa, President Museveni intimated that the education minister had revealed the challenges of secondary school science head teachers who needed to be paid the same as other science teachers.
“This is irrational. Once a science teacher is always a science teacher, they should be paid as such until the government has money to pay all teachers well, and then we can go back to ranks like Head Teacher etc,” the president noted.
Five months later, they have not received a response nor have their salaries been enhanced.
According to the Headteacher of Mbarara Secondary School Godfrey Birungi, who doubles as chairperson of Science Head Teachers and Deputies of Uganda, they have engaged public service through the national chairman but still no response.
Birungi adds that science head teachers and deputies are required to handle lessons and the delayed fulfilment of the pledge is affecting many public schools.
They say that as administrators they wouldn’t want to take the direction of their juniors to strike.
The government policy on the enhancement of science teachers has seen science teachers with degrees take home Shs4 million and diploma holders Shs3 million. Their counterparts in the arts have remained at shs900, 000.