Kampala. The Ministry of Education and Sports has asked the public not to send their children to school on Friday as the teachers will be celebrating their day.
In a statement to chief administrative officers, Mr Alex Kakooza informed the public that teachers will not be in their respective schools on Friday as they mark the teachers’ day in Fort Portal while others will celebrate it in their respective districts.
“This serves to inform all DEOs/MOEs, parents, learners, other stakeholders and the general public that teachers will be celebrating their day on Friday October 5, 2018, and therefore thus will not be at the schools. You are requested to accord them the necessary support,” Mr Kakooza wrote in his September 18 letter.
Not a public holiday
However, he yesterday warned that this day has not been declared a public holiday and encouraged those schools which want to continue with teaching to do so.
“It is not a public holiday but teachers will be celebrating. In the past, teachers have complained that they are not able to celebrate their day because they can be working. That is why we are saying they can be supported. But if there are schools which want to teach, they can make their own arrangements,” he explained.
Mr Filbert Baguma, Uganda National Teachers’ Union (Unatu) general secretary, said while they have made some strides as teachers, they are still hindered from offering quality education because of unfair transfers, failure to recognise care takers who have headed schools for years without reward and the consistent deletion of teachers from the payroll without any reason.
This year’s world teachers’ day will be centred on: “The right to education means a right to a qualified teacher.”
“You can’t tell people to have a right to education when the right of teachers is being trampled over and yet the implementers of education are the ones not respecting them. The teachers have suffered at the hands of their employers like where they spend months without salary. The teachers are then forced to be in school physically but are absent psychologically. Such children will not learn and the teacher who has not been paid will not work,” Br Baguma said yesterday.