Learners from each major and secondary colleges have been on Wednesday left stranded as arts lecturers throughout the nation went on strike.
Whereas some mother and father had requested their youngsters to remain at dwelling, different learners have been turned away at entrances or left unattended to as they handed time at college.
Academics below their umbrella physique, the Uganda Nationwide Academics’ Union (Unatu), had a day earlier introduced the economic motion, demanding for uniform wage increment, and never only for science lecturers.
Unatu management ratified the decision of the standing committee that sat on Might 23 to enter into an industrial motion efficient June 15 if there was no passable suggestions on wage increment throughout the board for the Monetary 12 months beginning subsequent month.
The strike by arts lecturers comes a few month after their science colleagues took the identical path to pressure authorities into committing to extend their pay.
However the strikes by lecturers just isn’t remoted. The previous six months have seen a wave of strikes by sections of civil servants who have been asking authorities to make good on its promise to extend their wage.
Simply final month, the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union, Uganda Medical Affiliation and allied well being professionals all introduced strikes, prompting authorities to reassure them that they are going to be catered for within the subsequent monetary yr.
However the training sector has notably suffered due to the strikes. The present disruptions within the college calendar come hardly six months after colleges have been reopened following the closure of the sector by the President for practically two years to curb the unfold of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The strikes come at a time that authorities is implementing the revised curricula. Ministry of Training has simply began placing into operation the decrease secondary curriculum that requires intensive implementation.
To not point out how it’s affecting the tempo of learners who’ve solely returned to the classroom after two years of sitting at dwelling.
We, subsequently, name for a dialogue between the lecturers and authorities. The 2 events have been yesterday anticipated to fulfill, however we will solely hope that the pursuits of the learners are put earlier than every other.
Addressing a press convention this week, Public Service minister Wilson Muruli Mukasa mentioned they’re conscious of the earlier discussions with Unatu and are dedicated to the plan of enhancing the pay of employees in a phased method.
However the “when” is what the humanities lecturers need to hear, not “topic to availability of assets” as authorities has been promising. They’ve been advised the identical assertion for much too lengthy.
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