UNEB: Strike Will Not Affect Examinations

Uganda National Examination Board—UNEB has denied claims that the ongoing teachers strike will affect the 2013 examinations process.

This follows after threats by the Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) Secretary General James Tweheyo that teachers will not supervise the national examinations.

Uneb Executive Secretary Mathew Bukenya
Uneb Executive Secretary Mathew Bukenya

The examinations kick off on October 11.

Hamis Kaheru, the UNEB Principal Public Relations Officer, says the strike by the teachers is not about facilitation given to the officials to supervise examinations, but against the government failure to increase their salaries.

He says the vote from which UNEB pays examination officials is different and therefore actions by the teachers will have no consequences on the examinations.

Kaheru also says the recruitment of examination officials is voluntary and candidates are selected after they apply. Kaheru says the recruitment of examination officials, Scouts and other staff is already complete. He says the process of briefing the officials starts tomorrow with a meeting with the District Inspectors of Schools.

However, UNATU Secretary General James Tweheyo insists teachers will not be cowed into supervising the examinations. Tweheyo says though UNEB has already set the examinations, teachers will stay away if government has failed to find money to increase their salaries as promised. He says the strike will take 90 days if no solution is got.

The teachers went on strike seven days ago pushing for a 20% pay rise. While the teachers are yet to relent, government appears to be reluctant to listen to them, with the Minister of Education Jessica Alupo warning them of dire consequences should they not go back to class. The 2013/2014 budget has now already been passed by parliament without the 20% or 136 billion shillings not captured.

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