President Yoweri Museveni has hinted on the creation of a Unified Salaries Board which will harmonize the salaries of government workers including teachers of government-aided schools.
Museveni said the government has the resources to enable it increase teachers’ salaries, and blamed those responsible for the budgeting process.
The President said this while addressing teachers on the occasion to mark World Teachers Day at State House Entebbe.
“The problem is no longer the money but the budgeting. If it were up to me, budgeting would prioritize the army, then road infrastructure, electricity, education infrastructure, health, then salaries. However, the challenges are on appropriation. We can do much better. That’s why there is talk of a Unified Salaries Board which was there before,” Museveni said.
“This business of Parliament, KCCA and Judiciary determining their own salaries should stop. I want to hear the teachers all demanding for a Unified Salaries Board. Because public resources should be appropriated in a manner that is developmental for the nation”.
He said the economy has recovered and the tax collection has gone up from Shs 5bn in 1986 to Shs 21trillion which gives the government the capacity to give teachers a pay raise.