Gov’t to Fire Striking Teachers

Government has given striking teachers only today to decide whether they will resume teaching or not.

According to local government minister Rapheal Magyezi, teachers who do not return to class will be replaced.

Magyezi said this in Mbarara while addressing area leaders about the Parish Development Model this week.

“As government, we have agreed that all those that will not have returned to class by today (Tuesday), will have absconded from duty henceforth, sacked and their jobs will be advertised,” he said.

He added: “We have issued directives to all chief administrative officers, district education officers, district inspector of schools, sub-county and parish chiefs to go to all schools and compile lists of all those that have refused to return to class and teach.”

“You are being paid more than teachers in private schools, during the Covid-19 pandemic, we continued to pay you. Why didn’t you refuse this money? You cannot hold the government at ransom when discussions and negotiations to have your grievances addressed are ongoing,” he added.

He added: “By Tuesday evening, submit the teachers to my ministry for further management, including advertising these positions.”

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