Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday morning met the country’s Education Ministry officials over the ongoing strike by teachers who want a 20% salary increment.
The meeting came just a day after the ministry of education failed to convince Uganda National Teachers Union to call off the strike during a meeting on Monday.
Sources at the education ministry say Minister Jessica Alupo, her junior ministers and the Permanent Secretary Dr. Rose Nasali Lukwago, went to the State House Entebbe Tuesday morning to meet the president.
Patrick Emmanuel Muinda, the Assistant Commissioner for Communication and Information Management at the ministry, confirmed the meeting, but refused to disclose what would be on agenda for discussion.
Though he did not confirm whether all the ministers had gone for the meeting, he confirmed that the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Rose Nasali Lukwago had gone to meet the president over the salary saga.
Margaret Rwabushaija, the UNATU National Chairperson, believes the officials have now learnt a lesson. She says if the government officials are serious; the stand-off will be resolved in the next few days. She however warns that the struggle will continue if the education ministry officials come back with empty promises.
Teachers countrywide lay down tools on September 16th pushing for a 20% salary increment promised by government in 2011.