IT is a mistake for the Government to give allowances only to teachers of so-called â€˜hard-to-reach areasâ€™ because most of those teachers work in their home areas where they incur less expenses. The education minister does not give examples of hardships. I am a teacher at Butobere Primary School in Kabale Municipality but I rent a house, pay for both water and power and take a boda-boda to and from work and earn only sh200,000! Arenâ€™t those significant hardships?
Some districts like Kamwenge have remote areas which are as difficult to reach as those in Bundibugyo. Good examples are Mahyoro and Biguli which were affected by the ADF rebels. Secondary schools are also found in these remote areas. The education ministry should conduct a more thorough study about difficult districts.
Giving a 30% allowances to teachers in hard-to-reach areas is a good gesture. However, it should be noted that the Government has consistently promised to improve teachersâ€™ welfare without fulfiling its promise. It is sad that the Government continues lying to teachers. UNATO should wake up.
It is great primary teachers in hard-to-reach areas will be paid an allowance as an incentive. However, this money should not be paid through second parties but should be wired directly to individualsâ€™ accounts. The chief administrative officers should only confirm the amount paid.
All teachers should be treated equally. Those who will not get the 30% allowance will become lazy.
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