Ring-fence part time jobs for teachers
Posted Thursday, September 26 2013 at 01:00
That teachers in Uganda’s public schools are poorly paid, is beyond dispute. What is less clear is how to reasonably improve the welfare of such a large group of government workers without distorting the national economy.
My view is that teachers should be given assignments beyond the classroom, to help them earn an extra income. For example, instead of hiring and training presiding officers, polling assistants, research assistants, census and other officers, these part-time jobs should be “ring-fenced” for teachers in public schools.
That way, the government will get double score by saving money used in recruiting such officers, and also reduce the threat of industrial action from poorly-paid teachers.
In my view, this may present a less confrontational way of achieving the overdue teachers’ welfare.