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Private teachers petition parliament over UGX 20Bn relief fund

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Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  |  The Uganda Private Teachers Union has petitioned parliament over the 20 Billion Shillings pledged to private teachers to help them recover from the effects of the covid-19 outbreak.

In July 2020, President Museveni pledged 20 Billion Shillings to support teachers in private schools who were affected by the closure of schools.  President Museveni added 2 Billion Shillings to the contribution, which was supposed to be channelled to their respective Savings and Credit Cooperative Society (SACCOs).

However the union-led by their General Secretary Juma Mwamula on Wednesday informed the Speaker of Parliament Rebbeca Kadaga that they are yet to receive the money. He said that the funds were transferred from the Microfinance Support Centre to the Ministry of Education which has come up with stringent measures and teachers have failed to access it.

Mwamula now wants the money to be reverted to the Microfinance Support Centre to enable every teacher in need to benefit. They also want parliament to intervene in the matter.

Mwamula also called for teachers to be included among the beneficiaries of Emyooga, a poverty alleviating project. 

Kadaga in response promised to follow up on the matter, saying if this money is available it should be given to the teachers.

On Emyooga, She says it is surprising that most affected teachers are not accessing financial support.

Last year, MPs questioned the criterion government will use to distribute the 20 Billion Shillings. 

The Executive Director at Microfinance Support Centre, John Peter Mujuni said that each teachers’ saving and credit Cooperative Society will directly get its money.

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