Teachers in private schools add voice, as strike continues

The Coalition of Private Teachers Association is asking government to address the plight of teachers in the country and desist from issuing threats.

The teachers are currently on strike after failed negotiations with the government for a pay rise.

The teachers employed by private schools are now asking government to prioritize the demands being made before the situation gets out of hand.

The association’s executive director Patrick Kaboyo says government should continue with negotiations and withdraw its officials, who are reportedly harassing teachers in schools.

He adds that this being the third term, candidates are more likely to be affected and poor performance could be registered across board.

Kaboyo says they fully support the strike and is asking government not to abuse the teachers’ silence.

The teachers have vowed to continue with their strike until their cries are heard, insisting that threats of sacking them will not deter them.

Meanwhile,

Parents have formed a new body, the Parents in Solidarity with Teachers urging government to resolve the current impasse with the teachers.

 The teachers are currently on strike as they continue to demand for a pay rise.

Addressing the press today, the parents asked government to convince teachers to return to the classroom and institute fresh negotiations.

The association’s chairman Sam Gabula says security agents should be excluded in handling teachers’ issues, since they could only worsen issues.

The parents now want government to institute a more experienced and professional team to lead the negotiations with teachers.

They note that replacing teachers at such a time is not timely and will only hurt the students.

The parents say the matter has been mishandled and want the government to respect the teachers’ right to protest.

 Story by Hadijah Mwanje and Patricia Osman