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Education in uganda

Uganda has enjoyed stable economic growth over the last decade and was not severely affected by the 2008 financial crisis. However, in 2012, the growth rate has declined and the country has suffered from exceptionally high inflation, estimated at 30%.  According to NOTU, one of the two national trade union centres, this high inflation is mainly due to weaker demand for exports, high international fuel prices, and low agricultural supplies as a result of poor weather conditions. 

Standards of education are poor and the primary school completion rate is only 25% and is dropping. Classroom size at primary level is estimated 83 pupils per class and the teacher pupil ratio is 1:60. Teacher pay in Uganda is exceptionally low, and the entry level salary is insufficient for a single persons’ basic subsistence. There are continuous problems over non-payment of wages, for example, back wages can be due in some cases for the last 6 months. There is an issue of “ghost teachers”, who are paid but never show in class rooms. When the government tried to address the problem, over 30,000 working teachers, including some school head teachers, were inexplicably deleted from the payroll

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Other Initiatives in Uganda

EI’s affiliate, UNATU, along with other civil society organisations, foundation bodies and concerned individuals have turned the teachers’ struggle for salary increments during 2011 into a campaign for quality public education with the intention of mobilising all citizens towards addressing the current crisis in public education. The campaign launched on 20-22 February 2012 has the following objective:

  • Increasing education capitation grants from the current average of UGX5000 per child per year to UGX22,000 per child per term at the primary school level
  • Advocating for the full operationalisation of the collective bargaining agreement, such that it applies in the ongoing budgetary cycle for 2012-2013
  • Pressing government to increase the teachers’ salaries from UGX273,000 to UGX546,000 for the lowest-paid teachers in 2012-2013
  • Salary increments for other categories of teachers and increments for the subsequent years must be negotiated through the collective-bargaining agreement
  • Mobilising foundation bodies and cultural institutions to commit to participating in the quality public education campaign and mobilising communities/parents to fulfil their obligations in children’s learning

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