The teachers’ payment structure has for a long time be an issue of debate in Uganda. Without comparison to other fields of life, many professional teachers have felt like they deserve higher pay.
There are a number of reasons people agitate for a salary raise but in the case of Uganda, the salary rise has been hinged on the issue of inflation. It is not as though teachers will do more work if they earn a salary rise, rather they call for a salary rise so that they can meet the ever skyrocketing standards of living. If the government had put into consideration the annual changes in the standards of living, maybe every year there would have been a revision of the payment structure to meet the changes.
However, this cannot be the case in a fiat currency economy. Every unfairness in the payment structure helps to cover up for the money that enters circulation without having been a fruit of labor. Therefore, even though the leaders can grieve about the unfair payment structures, they cannot act upon it to the degree that the public expects because doing so would mean most of the offices in government closing. But that aside, here is a glimpse into the current salary structure of teachers on government tenure.
Please note; teachers in private schools sometimes earn double the amount in the big schools while others earn not even half of what the government pays. Therefore this salary scale is not an average teachers’ salary scale in Uganda rather the amount that the government pays teachers in its government-owned or government-aided schools.
University Lecturers (Teachers’) Salary Scale In Uganda
A university professor in a government-aided University earns Ugx 15,600,000 per month ($4400) while Senior lecturers earn Ugx 7,609,300 per month.($2145) Other lecturers in the government universities usually earn between Ugx 1,500,000 ($425) and 4,500,000 ($1270) but this is stipulated by University, not the government.
Secondary School Teachers’ Salary Scale In Uganda
In Uganda, a bachelor graduate science teacher earns around Ugx, 1,210,000 ($340) per month, and an Arts teacher earns around Ugx 940,000 ($270) per month. The rate varies on grounds of whether you are a diploma holder or a degree holder
Primary School Teachers’ Salary Scale In Uganda
Primary teachers earn around Ugx 500,000 ($141) per month but again this varies depending on the class you are teaching. Some teachers earn far less. If we were to speak in terms of USD, some primary teachers earn less than $80 per month.