Parliament Stops Salary Increment for Science Teachers
MPs Say Salary Increment for Science Teachers is Discriminative
Uganda’s parliament has rejected a plan to increase salaries for science teachers to Shs 2m saying the move was discrimative against arts teachers who would keep working for Shs 600,000 a month.
On Wednesday, Parliament’s committee on education presented the Ministerial Policy Statement of the Ministry of Education and Sports.
Earlier on Tuesday, the public service ministry and education committee members had disagreed on the controversial increment.
According to chairperson Connie Nakayenze Galiwango, the committee recommended that “the enhancement of salaries for science teachers be halted”.
Galiwango also told parliament that there was also need for “the harmonisation of salaries for both Arts and Science teachers”.
The education committee argued that the salary increment money for science teachers could be used to recruit more teachers.
“The amount allocated towards enhancement of science teachers’ salaries should be used to recruit the 2000 science teachers so that other schools that are short of these teachers can be supported,” said Galiwango.
But Public Service minister Muruli Mukasa insisted the increment was not discriminatory.
“The consideration of science teachers is not discrimination but a realisation of the strategic nature of science and we need it for our development,” said Mukasa.
After heckling from MPs in response to Mukasa’s statement, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga ruled that parliament was not ready to back a discriminative salary increment plan.