State minister for Primary Education, Dr Kamanda Bataringaya, has asked secondary school students to choose teaching as a career, saying the country still needs more teachers.
Dr Bataringaya said if students are not attracted to become teachers at an early age, the country will in the near future face a shortage of professional teachers.
“Some people complain that we pay teachers peanuts and they base on that to discourage their children from choosing teaching as a profession .I can assure you ,these students in lower secondary school by the time they reach university or teachers colleges to train as teachers, our economy would have grown and teaching will be an attractive career choice,” he said
He said government had started with increasing teachers salaries and decent accommodation will be provided soon to enable them execute their duties well.
The lowest paid primary school teacher has for long been receiving a net pay of Shs227,240 every month, but with a promised increment of Shs50,000 in the new Budget ,their salary will be Shs279,145.
The minister made the remarks at the weekend while speaking to students benefiting from the MasterCard Foundation scholarship scheme at Hana Mixed SS-Nsangi.
The students had just completed a three-day leadership training organised by BRAC Uganda, which implements the scholarship programme. Mr Abdul Mozumder, the Brac Country representative, said more trainings will be organised to develop holistic scholars with not only academic intellect but also other social and leadership skills.
Currently, Uganda has 160,000 teachers on the government payroll of which 135,000 are in primary schools.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor