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Education stuck with Sacco cash for teachers

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By Patience Ahimbisibwe

Posted  Wednesday, December 18   2013 at  00:00

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Officials from Education and Finance ministries will hold a meeting on how to distribute the Shs2.8b Sacco money after both parties could not agree on who should issue the guidelines.

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At least Shs2.8 billion meant for the teachers’ Sacco is stuck with the Ministry of Education as officials wait for guidelines from their Finance counterparts on how to distribute it.

“The money for teachers’ Sacco is with us. The problem is how to give it to them. I asked my technical team to see whether we can give guidelines but they said it was the ministry of Finance’s responsibility to issue guidelines,” Ms Alupo told the Daily Monitor yesterday.

“Now, ministry of Finance officials have also said it is us to do it. We have a pending meeting with the Prime Minister on the matter, ” she added.

However, Ms Alupo said an earlier proposal to give the money to Uganda National Teachers’ Union (Unatu) was rejected because not every teacher was registered with the union.

Unatu channel rejected
“You cannot trust Unatu with public funds because not every teacher is a member of Unatu. That is how we withdrew from using Unatu,” Ms Alupo said.

However, the association said they were the ones who asked for the money from President Museveni and should be the beneficiaries.

“We are the ones who asked for this money as Unatu on July 28, 2011. We told the President we needed money to improve our welfare,” Mr James Tweheyo, the Unatu general secretary, said in an interview.

“Our initial idea was the teachers’ support mechanism and the President accepted, promising an annual support of Shs5 billion,” Mr Tweheyo added.

Mr Tweheyo has said they will reject the money if the government continues to put stringent measures.

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