President Museveni yesterday cautioned ministry of Education officials who are attempting to frustrate government effort to provide Shs25 billion to the teachers’ SACCOs.
Museveni who was speaking at World Teacher Day celebrations at Lugogo Cricket Oval, Kampala said he is not happy with any one mistreating teachers.
“I am not happy with the people who are mistreating teachers. The Government can give grants to any community,” he said. Adding; “I will not tolerate them. I want report.”
He assured teachers that the Government will resolve the issue of the donation to their SACCOs.
The President also sounded warnings to Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs) and other officials accused of delaying payments to teachers and pensioners.
Transforming the Education Sector
President Museveni said Government has constructed 104,000 permanent primary school classrooms, a big step forward in comparison to only 28,000 classrooms that were available in 1986.
“I am happy to note that the Secondary school enrolment has increased from 190,000 students to 1.5 million over the same period,” Museveni said.
He said that when government introduced the Universal Primary Education (UPE), it had a work force of 80,000 teachers but since the inception of the program, the number of teachers on Government payroll has reached 160,000.
Museveni said he happy to note that the children of Uganda are enjoying their education.
He said that under the National Resistance Movement government, Uganda had a literacy rate has increased to it is 74% from 45% in 1986 when the regime came to power.
President Museveni directed the Ministry of Education to acquire lightning arresters to serve schools in all the regions of the country.
The directive came as a hasty response over complaints by teachers of lightning strikes that have claimed a number of lives in various schools throughout the country.