President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has reassured science teachers of government’s commitment to enhance their salaries.
The President also emphasized that government is also committed to enhance salary of Arts teachers in the near future.
He was on Saturday at the closing ceremony of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association of Secondary School Head Teachers of Uganda (ASSHU) at Ntare School in Mbarara City.
The AGM started on 23rd August and ended on Saturday 27th August 2022 focused on the theme: “Enhancing competence-based curriculum and quality education for a global market- the role of Head teachers”.
He appealed to all teachers to be patient with the government towards plans to enhance salary.
“Please, be patient! Do not disturb yourselves. We shall start with science teachers. We shall cover everybody in future,” President Museveni said.
In his address, the president challenged the teachers to be at the helm of transforming society using transformative leadership with vision which is a holistic approach to promoting education standards in the country.
“My message to the Education Sector in the country is for Teachers to transform society using a telescopic view with vision,” The president said.
“This is the reason why the African continent faces problems and has lagged behind from 5hentime of Renaissance yet Europe on the other hand has advanced in science and technology,” He said.
He told the assembly that according to the NRM ideology, leaders have to act like the primer in a gun to cause social change and to advance science and technology.
He further challenged head teachers that if the Education Sector is to develop its standards, everyone has to have value for change using what he called a “telescopic view with vision”.
The President congratulated the Association for organizing this year’s AGM, which he said was well organized forum with overwhelming turn up.
He contributed five hundred million shillings (500M) towards the construction of the ASSHU Resource Center to be constructed on Bombo Road in Kampala City.
Museveni also contributed UGX 200M to the teachers SACCO.
The first Lady and Minister of Education and Sports (Moses), Hon Janet Museveni pointed out that “professional and quality school leadership is a very important and critical factor for success in the quest for quality education in the country”.
Mrs. Museveni urged head teachers to pursue professional and quality leadership.
“If only the head teachers here pursued professional and quality leadership, we would significantly reduce or even eradicate issues of absenteeism in schools and manage these vices that have eroded our education system, “Mrs. Museveni said.
She added that the presence of am effective and efficient head teacher in a school has a big impact on the efficient functioning of the school system.
She thanked the president for finding time in his busy schedule to honour and listen to ASSHU leadership presenting the teachers concerns at the national level.
The Minister applauded the vision of the Association, commenting that this year’s AGM has awakened all head teachers to their professional calling.
She commended the section of head teachers who behave exceptionally well.
“I want to let you know that your commitment and devotion to duty has not gone unnoticed and the government sincerely thanks you for that,” she commended.
The Minister further noted that, the ministry of Education is going through one of the most challenging times in the management of schools in the country following the ruins of Covid-19.
First lady also urged ASSHU to cultivate a mindset of understanding that the spirit of leadership is from God.