UNATU Agreement with Government: A Step Towards Improved Education in Uganda
The Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU) and the government of Uganda recently reached an agreement to improve the quality of education in the country. This marks a significant milestone in the education sector, as it sets the stage for better working conditions for teachers and higher standards of education for students.
The agreement, signed in August 2021, covers several areas of concern for teachers, including salary increments, allowances, and improving the working environment. UNATU Secretary-General, Filbert Baguma, stated that the agreement was a result of long and fruitful negotiations between the union and the government.
One of the key highlights of the agreement is the increment of teachers’ salaries. The government has committed to increasing the salaries of teachers by 10% annually for the next three years, starting in the financial year 2021/2022. This move is a significant step towards addressing the issue of teacher retention in Uganda, where the profession has been losing skilled teachers to other countries or better-paying jobs within the country.
In addition to salary increments, the agreement also addresses the issue of housing for teachers. The government has committed to providing decent housing facilities for teachers, including constructing new staff houses and repairing existing ones. This is expected to improve the working conditions for teachers and contribute to their overall job satisfaction.
The agreement also focuses on improving the working environment for teachers. The government has committed to providing teaching and learning materials, such as textbooks and other resources, to schools. This is expected to enhance the quality of education and improve students’ performance.
The UNATU agreement with the government is a significant milestone in Uganda`s education sector. It shows the government`s commitment to improving the education system by addressing the concerns raised by teachers. Improved working conditions and better remuneration for teachers are not only critical for teacher retention, but they also have a direct impact on the quality of education.
The agreement is also expected to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. By addressing the concerns of teachers, the government is paving the way for a better future for students in Uganda.
In conclusion, the UNATU agreement with the government is a significant step towards improving the education sector in Uganda. It shows the government`s commitment to addressing the concerns of teachers and improving the quality of education. The agreement is expected to contribute to teacher retention, improved working conditions, and better remuneration, which are all crucial for the provision of quality education. It is now up to both parties to ensure that the provisions of the agreement are implemented to the letter for the benefit of teachers and students in Uganda.