By Ambrose Kweronda
Over 100 science teachers from Kisoro district yesterday defected from their umbralla body Uganda National Teachers Union-UNATU to Uganda Professional Science Teachers Union-UPSTU.
UNATU has been recognized as a force to reckon with since 2006 and with over 140,000 members; it is the largest and oldest teachers union in the country.
One of the major roles of UNATU is collective bargaining and promoting the attractiveness of the teaching profession.
However in 2018, science teachers broke away from UNATU accusing the mother union of sabotage and betraying their demand for a better pay leading to the creation of UPSTU.
Eldad Mugisha, a science teacher at Kanaba SS says that together with other science teachers, they will give UPSTU a stronger voice to make demands for their wellbeing.
John Mukiza, another science teacher said that he hopes the association will negotiate with the government to honor its promise concerning increment of salaries for science teachers as earlier pledged by President Museveni.
President Yoweri Museveni pledged to increase the pay to about 2.2million Shillings for graduates and UGX 1.5 million Shillings for grade five science teachers.
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