Kampala — The Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary, Mr Alex Kakooza, yesterday said they have written to their counterparts in Public Service to harmonise salaries for scientists to stop the attrition rate that education institutions are already facing.
"There is inconsistence in the salaries of people in the same categories. Our scientists who are teaching in our schools are getting less than the scientists who remain in hospitals. The nurses in hospitals are at the same level with the nurses teaching in institutions but are getting totally different salary," Mr Kakooza said at the sector's review yesterday.
He added: "Our nurses are getting discouraged and are running back to hospitals to work as nurses. Instructors in technical institutions who are engineering assistants are getting less than those in agriculture mechanisation. Can we harmonise so that we do not lose our people in the education sector? We have written to the Minister of Public Service and we shall engage them and come up with a solution."
The Education minister who also doubles as the First Lady, Ms Janet Museveni, called upon her technical team to prioritise planning as one of the measures to solve the challenges they are currently facing.
She said their low performance in some areas as rated by the Ministry of Finance could have resulted from their failure to plan first.
Below average performance
Mr Charles Nsubuga from the Budget Monitoring and Accountability Unit noted that the sector's overall performance in primary subsector was at 52.6per cent and below average in secondary education where they were rated at 41.4 per cent.
"Finance Ministry scrutinised our performance, they managed to poke holes in our work and it must have opened our eyes. We still need to do a lot to plug loopholes in many areas. It will take some more analysis to find out exactly where the problems lie, that we may indeed plug those loopholes," Ms Museveni said.
"This, I tend to think, is largely a planning challenge that we must urgently address. I should hasten to add that we must now make it a habit to plan first and better in order to do better and propel the sector to achieve sustainable quality of education," she added.
In a separate interview, Mr Jimmy Turyagyenda, the Ntare School head teacher, told Daily Monitor that they are having problems in controlling teachers because of the salaries inequalities.
He explained that the government's intention to motivate science teachers has demotivated their colleagues in the humanities.
Mr Turyagyenda suggested that the government's proposed Shs2 million monthly salary to science teachers either be reduced and recruit more science teachers or use the balance to also take care of their counterparts in the arts discipline if they are to realise quality education.
"The problem is that even if you increase the salaries of science teachers, they will still go and teach in more than three schools and they will not be efficient where they were deployed. You would rather slice the salary a bit and recruit more science teachers and motivate the arts teachers. Supervising this staff unmotivated staff is becoming difficult for head teachers and we have no control," Mr Turyagyenda, who is also the general secretary for the head teachers' association said.
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Publish date : 2018-09-20 08:25:37