By Aggrey Twesigye
Private teachers in Mbarara city under their umbrella Mbarara City Private Teachers Association have threatened to demonstrate after spending 17 months under lockdown.
Private teachers noted that they have so far petitioned the president of Uganda through the office of the Resident City Commissioner Mbarara city to come to their rescue since local leaders in Mbarara city have given a deaf ear to their demands.
Private Teachers led by their general Secretary Moses Buregyeya were today addressing journalists in a press conference at Generation Suites in Kamukuzi, Mbarara city.
Buregyeya noted that over 750 private teachers in Mbarara city were never thought about by the government by it gave out covid 19 relief of 100,000 UGX even when they should be considered vulnerable.
He further said that landlords have now started forcing them out of their rental houses since they have not been receiving their arrears for over 17 months that schools have been under lockdown.
“We were very happy in June last year when the president made a pledge of 20 billion ugsh. For private teachers to start income generating projects but up to now no private teacher in Mbarara city have received a coin off the president’s pledge,” Buregyeya added.
The general Secretary said that school directors in Mbarara city are now being haunted by banks, confiscating their properties hence rubbishing finance ministers words that private school owners who don’t have money to settle their Bank loans should sell off their schools.
Provia Namara Kabaho a private teacher said that government should consider reopening of schools since teenagers in the villages are suffering on the helm of COVID 19 lockdown for instance getting engaged in early marriages and early pregnancies.
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