25 November 2012

Uganda: Hoima Teachers Want Payroll Displayed

The Hoima district chairman for the Uganda National Teachers' Association, Francis Kemara, wants the ministry of Public Service to display information about teachers' salary payments since the beginning of this year.

The call came after a number of teachers missed their salaries for months. At a meeting of head teachers and district officials at Duhaga Girls primary school recently, Kemara said: "We are not sure whether the anomalies have their source in the Public Service ministry. We want the ministry to display details about the teachers payroll such that each and every teacher is able to know how much the government owes him."

Kemara alleges that there has been no transparency between the teachers and the district chief administrative officer. He says some teachers' names appear in schools they don't belong, while others have been downgraded. Patrick Nyendwoha, a teacher at Kapapi primary school and one of the teachers who missed his salary last month, fears that if the debacle continues, it might spark demonstrations among the teachers.

The district principal personnel officer, Sarah Kabasomi, conceded the presence of anomalies on the teachers' payroll in the district, but blamed the ministry of Public Service that carried out the changes without consulting the various stakeholders. She says the anomalies increased following a change in the payment system to the Inter-Personnel Payment system (IPPS), over which they have no control.

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