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Proposal to place headteachers on contracts sparks debate

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | There is a raging debate in the education sector on the proposal to place head teachers and their deputies in government primary and secondary schools on contracts. This is one of the proposals that the National Planning Authority submitted to the Education Policy Review Commission …

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Education sector yet to recover from two years closure

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Schools are yet to recover fully from the effects of the COVID-19-induced closures nearly a year after their reopening. Uganda had the longest closure of schools anywhere in the world. The 22-month closure caused profound disruptions to children’s learning and overall well-being, exacerbating the pre-existing …

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UNATU calls for extension of primary school cycle to eight years

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Uganda National Teachers Union-UNATU has recommended an extension of the primary school cycle by one year and cutting the time spent in the lower secondary from four to three years. This is part of UNATU’s memorandum to the Education Policy Review Commission, which is …

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Union leaders, educationists call for unity among teachers

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Uganda National Teachers Union-UNATU has called for unity among teachers if they are to transform the education sector. Filbert Baguma, the UNATU Secretary General says that currently, teachers are divided, blaming it on the government. According to Baguma, UNATU does not want to see teachers …

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Court dismisses application to block UNATU elections

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The High Court in Kampala has dismissed with costs an application in which the former chairperson of Uganda National Teachers Union-UNATU Kayunga branch, Andrew Kwete wanted to block elections of new leaders in the district. Justice Musa Ssekaana dismissed the case on the basis that Kwete …

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Gov’t orders striking teachers back to work

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The government has ordered striking teachers to return to their duty stations by June 24, without fail or risk being scrapped off the payrolls. The Public Service Permanent Secretary, Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwiire communicated the decision in her letter to Uganda National Teachers Union-UNATU, which announced …

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Education minister to meet UNATU officials over strike

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Minister of Education Janet Museveni has invited Uganda National Teacher’s Union-UNATU officials for dialogue. UNATU declared a nationwide strike at all levels starting Wednesday in their quest for equality and harmonization of salary enhancement among teachers of different subjects, support staff, and school administrators. …

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Educationists predict doom if abridged curriculum is halted

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Educationists and school heads have warned that Uganda’s education system might fail to recover from the effects of COVID-19, should the ministry of education fail to roll out the promised abridged curriculum. As part of the recovery plan and ensuring that learners catch up on …

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Gov’t moves to validate staff in public schools

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Ministry of Education and Sports has started a nationwide validation exercise of staff in public schools. Recently, the Uganda National Teacher’s Union-UNATU requested the government to make an update of its payroll to ascertain the teachers who will be available when the schools reopen. Filbert …

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UNATU, Museveni disagree over pay rise for science teachers

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Uganda National Teachers Union-UNATU on Tuesday disagreed with President Museveni on the government’s plan to increase the remuneration of science teachers. Speaking at the National Teachers Day celebrations at Kololo ceremonial grounds, Filbert Baguma, the UNATU general secretary noted that the idea of preferring …

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