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Ugandan teachers to mark global teachers day mourning

03 October 2013, 20:24 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Teachers in Uganda have resolved to mark the global teachers day while mourning instead of feastingdue to the harsh working conditions they have been exposed to.

They accused the government of under-looking their profession and failing to provide schools' capitation grant in time.

Teachers across the country have been asked to mark their global day - set for October 5 - while mourning and at least plant a tree as a sign of poor working condition that they go through.

While addressing the press, the deputy general secretary of Uganda national teachers union (UNATU) Pedison Bale said, "Regrettably, Ugandan teachers have nothing to celebrate and will therefore spend the day in mourning for declining quality of education and loss of respect and recognition of the teaching profession in Uganda on this day."

He added that they will not stop fighting for their rights until government fulfills its promises to them.

The teachers, through their umbrella body UNATU, have been demanding for a salary increment but little has been done thus compelling them to stage a strike at the beginning of this term.

Bale also mentioned that the negotiating team from UNATU met with that from government Wednesday to kick start discussion on the 20% salary rise although the President, while addressing the press, said the pledge will not be honored this financial year.

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