Parliament has asked the government to table an action plan to help teachers from private schools during the lockdown as the President had directed.

President Museveni on June 22 directed that private education institutions together with other businesses like salons which have been affected by the lockdown be registered so that government supports them to survive.

During yesterday’s plenary sitting chaired by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, the Kasambya County MP, Mr Gaffa Mbwatekamwa, demanded that government give an explanation as to why teachers in private education institutions continue to suffer despite the promise by the President.

“Yesterday we saw teachers and proprietors of private schools stage a strike in Masaka District. Why is this Presidential directive not being implemented? I pray that you direct the Minister of Education and the Minister of Finance to come here and explain how far they have reached on that matter,” Mr Mbwatekamwa said.

The secretary general of Uganda Teachers Association, Mr Filbert Buguma, said most teachers in private schools were last paid in February.

“The teachers who are asking for government help are right. We are aware of their situation and we beg government to come and bail out these teachers. Most of them are sleeping in rented houses and they have families to feed. Their situation is not good at all,” Mr Baguma said.

Mr Patrick Kaboyo, the national secretary of the Federation for Non-State Education Institutions said they are aware of this situation and they have registered about 3,000 teachers who have gone without salaries since the closure of schools.