Kampala — The Government says there will not be a pay raise as the striking teachers have demanded until next financial year.
This followed marathon meetings between President Yoweri Museveni and the inter-ministerial committee and the NRM caucus on Monday over the teachers' strike that paralyzed activities at many schools across the country.
The Government said there is no money for salary increments, specifically for teachers, because the Government has already committed the available resources for infrastructural development, according to the Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo.
The focus is on water, roads, ICT and energy that are expected to attract investment which would generate revenue to fund government expenditure in a sustainable way, Ofwono Opondo said.
He emphasized that the Government will no longer consider piecemeal salary increments, but comprehensively look at the entire public servants pay structure.
The President reiterated that the teachers should return to class, Ofwono said, adding that the Government will take stock of what happened yesterday and then take further steps depending on the findings.
Earlier, the UNATU General Secretary, James Tweheyo, said the organization was kept in the dark as far as the meeting with the President was concerned.
It was expected that a report on teachers' pay raise demand compiled by the inter-ministerial committee headed by education minister, Jessica Alupo was to be presented and discussed at the meeting with the President.
He claimed that the strike effectively started on Friday with the teacher training colleges which reportedly failed to open.
New Vision could not independently verify this report about teachers colleges.