President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has reassured science teachers of Government’s commitment to enhance their salaries and also assured Arts teachers of being covered in the near future.
Using a Runyakitara proverb, he said “a pumpkin plant that will solve the hunger problem in a family starts by flowering and putting on small young ones,” which is why the government has apparently started enhancing teachers’ salaries beginning with science teachers.
He appealed to all teachers to be patient.
First Lady Jane Museveni, who is also the Minister of Education and Sports, used the day to launch the new schools curriculum (PPU Photo)
“Please, be patient! Do not disturb yourselves. We shall start with science teachers. We shall cover everybody in future,” he said.
The President made the remarks today at the closing ceremony of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association of Secondary School Head Teachers of Uganda (ASSHU) at Ntare School in Mbarara City.
The AGM, which started on the 23rd August and ended yesterday, focused on the theme: “Enhancing competence-based curriculum and quality education for a global market – the role of Headteachers”.
In his address to the assembly, President Museveni challenged the teachers to be at the helm of transforming society using ‘transformative leadership with vision’, which is a holistic approach to promoting education standards in the country.
“My message to the Education Sector in the Country is for Teachers to transform society using a telescopic view with vision. “This is the reason why the African continent faces problems and has lagged behind from the time of Renaissance yet Europe on the other hand has advanced in science and technology,” he said.
The President told the assembly that according to the NRM ideology, leaders have to act like the primer in a gun to cause social change and to advance science and technology.
Museveni further challenged the headteachers that if the education Sector is to develop its standards, everyone has to have value for change using what he called a “telescopic view with vision”.
He congratulated the association for organising this year’s AGM, which he said was a well organised forum with overwhelming turn up.
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