Kampala– Cabinet has approved a payraise for all civil servants effective next financial year.
This revelation was made by State Minister for Public Service Grace Mugasa during a meeting with the Parliamentary Committee on Education and Sports on Tuesday.
Mugasa had been summoned by the legislators to explain the discrepancy in pay for science and arts teachers, among other concerns.
“We do not intend to create disparities. If we had the resources to pay, we would have paid everybody the same amount of money. But we are doing it in a phased manner,” Mugasa said.
Mugasa also told the committee that 5,400 Education Officers and Assistant Education Officers have been recruited, with 2,170 already deployed and 3,230 awaiting issuance of appointment letters and deployment.
She added that 1,700 officers were promoted to Education Officer, 160 to Senior Education Officer, 120 to Head teacher and 120 to Deputy Head teacher.
“Despite the constraints of the wage bill, government is committed to filling all vacant positions in post primary as well as primary schools,” the minister added.
Legislators on the committee tasked the Ministry of Public Service to expedite the establishment of the Salary Review Commission.
Hon. Jonathan Ebwalu, Soroti West Division MP alluded to Minister Mugasa’s commitment to the Public Accounts Committee that a committee to look into salaries disparities in the country would be set up.