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Is the teachers’ salary increase budget for?

By Vision Reporter

Added 20th December 2005 03:00 AM

SIR — I was amused by your article “Museveni to hike teachers’ salaries”, published on Monday. First of all, there was just a general statement from state house that “since the revenue collection is progressively improving, the teachers’ demands of salary increment would be met”. There

SIR — I was amused by your article “Museveni to hike teachers’ salaries”, published on Monday. First of all, there was just a general statement from state house that “since the revenue collection is progressively improving, the teachers’ demands of salary increment would be met”. There

SIR — I was amused by your article “Museveni to hike teachers’ salaries”, published on Monday. First of all, there was just a general statement from state house that “since the revenue collection is progressively improving, the teachers’ demands of salary increment would be met”. There is nothing binding about that.

In any case, anybody expecting salary increment will have to wait until July 2006. But what irritates me most is that the President should take on other people’s duties for political capital. Don’t the ministries of finance and public service exist in Uganda? Is it Museveni’s duty to increase employees’ salaries?

Why is the issue coming up two months before elections?

Politicians have a tendency of treating us like children! Public funds should be budgeted for and reflected in the national budget. Otherwise, where does it suddenly come from if it is not?

Already that is an index of bad governance. We should see this increment reflected in the national budget next year if the teachers are really going to get salary increment.

If the government is really interested in her citizens’ welfare I would like to see the government balance sheet showing the pensioners’ pay which is running into nearly sh400b. Teachers should not be excited over nothing.

The sh40,000 increment from sh160,000 to sh200,000 could make them even more miserable by pushes them into a different tax bracket! The tax could be more than the increment! Wise people in Uganda join politics where there is free money that does not need to be accounted for. One only has to vote wisely.

Hellen Katto
Masaka

Is the teachers’ salary increase budget for?

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