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Teachers to get UGX 200,000 each in relief cash as ministry amends guidelines

Registered teachers are set to benefit from relief cash transfers.

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development has amended guidelines for private school teachers who seek to benefit from relief cash transfers, reducing the number of beneficiaries and increasing the amount for each of them.

A week towards the full resumption of schools in Uganda, GiveDirectly, an international non-government organization that focuses on poverty alleviation and humanitarian relief provided 30 billion Shillings to support vulnerable people impacted by the COVID-19 containment measures.

After consultations, the government resolved to extend the cash relief to teachers. Initially, the program targeted to reach out to 300,000 teachers in private primary and secondary schools who were to get 100,000 Shillings each. However, this has been adjusted to allow full utilisation of the relief fund according to Aggrey Kibenge, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Gender.

“The relief package for each teacher be adjusted upwards from 100,000 to 200,000 Shillings. The total target number to receive the relief package be adjusted from 300,000 to 150,000 and this will be on a first come first serve basis,” Kibenge’s letter reads in part.

Teachers eligible for the program include those who are not on the government payroll, are duly registered or licensed by the Ministry of Education or have proof of submission of application for registration, and those who were already teaching in a school licensed or registered by the Ministry of Education before the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020.

According to Kibenge, the changes have been made after realizing that many teachers in private schools are not registered and the initial target included many part-timers from government schools who are already on the government payroll. Besides changes in the amount and number of beneficiaries, the ministry has also expanded the programme to teachers in vocational and health training institutions.

Additionally, teachers who benefited from the government’s COVID-19 cash support program famously known as Nabbanja cash which was distributed to vulnerable people between June and September 2021, are not eligible for this programme.

But despite the explanation, sources indicate that the ministry had failed to attract teachers yet the programme has a timeframe.

“From the beginning, teachers on the payroll and the unregistered were not eligible to benefit from the programme. But there was no mobilisation on how the programme works, and many headteachers who are responsible to provide data are not aware. With such problems, the programme is delaying yet it had a timeframe,” one of the sources consulted for the story noted.

Frank Mugabi, the Ministry of Gender spokesperson declined to divulge details about the allegation but cited that a few teachers had been fed into the system. He noted that by Monday afternoon, only 7,000 teachers had applied for the cash yet the programme is expected to end in February which is days away.

Mugabi adds that many other headteachers who are failing to provide their payrolls for the ministry confirm that the names of the teachers entered in the system were employed at a given school at the time of closure of schools in March 2020.

As a requirement, headteachers of private primary and secondary schools were urged to upload data of eligible teachers through an online portal (cash relief.mglsd.go.ug). But they had to attach payroll data for one month of either January, February, or March 2020 as evidence of salary payment. The payroll must include a signed payment roster, bank instruction/statement, or mobile money statement depending on how salaries are paid in each school.

Mugabi further notes that those who intend to benefit from the programme, even teachers who have since left the profession during the school closure are advised to apply since they were teaching before the Covid-19 induced lockdown.

Lucy Abulo, the senior manager in charge of talent and external relations at GiveDirectly, says they are actively engaged with the government regarding the changes to ensure rational implementation of the programme. “Given the data realities, this is the most realistic decision, double transfer per individual teacher as well as have many teachers within the target (private) reached within the remaining timeline,” says Abulo.

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34 comments

  1. I need the link where I can fill in the teachers details.

  2. How can one access the link for submition of teachers details

  3. Okello John BOB Richard

    How can I access the link for submission of teachers detail?

  4. Where can I get this form to fill? We teachers from karamoja are strunded on this page. Help us now not to miss.

  5. Where is the form fill in details

  6. how can i access the form

  7. How to apply for this money

  8. How can I apply for this money?

  9. How can i feed in the Teacher’s Data please

  10. How can l get that applicant form

  11. When is our money coming

  12. How can I fill in teachers details

  13. How to register the school for teachers relief fund

  14. How can I register?

  15. How can I access the linkfo submissions of teachers date

  16. How can I access the money

  17. I tried to register but I have failed

  18. I have tried the link but im not seeing the registration forms from the teachers

  19. Please we need the link to fill in the details for our teachers.

  20. please we need the forms

  21. How can I get the link

  22. They keep promising but not fulfilling it

  23. How can access the forms coz am not seey them

  24. I have tried to register but failed

  25. How to get the link for the registration is a problem and I need to be guided

  26. kigongo Anthony

    Please I would like to be directed to where I can register as a new user to fill in teachers details

  27. hw can get application form online or how can get this application form online

  28. We’re teachers in kyenjojo. Link me to this form where I can fill my details.

  29. Please send me the link to this form

  30. Get me the form

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